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(J.R.H. 90)

Offered by: Representatives Carmolli of Rutland City, DePoy of Rutland City, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Mazzariello of Rutland City and Moore of Rutland City.

Whereas, Captain Barry M. Costello, U.S.N., a native of Rutland, Vermont, has been selected as an Admiral in the United States Navy, the finest navy in the world, and

Whereas, he is the fourth son of Bartley J. Costello and Catherine O. Costello of Rutland, Vermont, and

Whereas, he attended Mount St. Joseph Academy, graduated from Holy Cross College and was commissioned as an ensign through the NROTC Program in 1973, and

Whereas, his first assignment was as Communications Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Navigator on the U.S.S. Brownson (DD 868), and

Whereas, after a tour at Navy Recruiting District Boston, he attended Albany Law School where he earned a juris doctorate degree in 1981 and was admitted to the New York State Bar, and

Whereas, he returned to the United States Navy Surface Line Community in 1981, graduated from Surface Weapons Operations (SWOS) Department Head School, and reported to the U.S.S. Whipple (FF 1062) as weapons officer, and

Whereas, this assignment was followed by additional sea tours as operations officer of Destroyer Squadron Five and executive officer on the U.S.S. Harry W. Mill (DD 986), and

Whereas, he then attended the College of Naval Command and Staff where he was elected as honor graduate, graduated with distinction and earned a master of arts degree in foreign affairs, and

Whereas, Captain Costello was assigned as a joint planner in the Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate (J-7), of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, and

Whereas, in recognition of his outstanding service, he was appointed as the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Elliott, where he participated in the United States operations in the Middle East, keeping the sea lanes open, and won the "E" for excellence, the top honor among all west coast ships, and

Whereas, he was then named Commodore, Destroyer Squadron Five and led his squadron in operations in the Middle East and responded to the crisis off Taiwan with a sprint from the Middle East to preserve free elections, and

Whereas, he has most recently served as the Navy liaison to the United States Senate, and

Whereas, Commander Costello's personal decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Communications Medal with Gold Star, and

Whereas, he is married to the former LuAnne Golombowski of Durango, Colorado and they have two sons, Aidan and Brendan, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates United States Naval Captain Barry Costello on his selection for promotion to the rank of Admiral, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Captain and Mrs. Barry Costello in McLean, Virginia and to Captain Costello's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bartley Costello in Rutland, Vermont.