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NO. R-293. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT GARY MASKIELL OF THE VERMONT ARMY NATIONAL GUARD.

(J.R.H. 232)

Offered by: Representatives Miller of Shaftsbury, Colvin of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Palmer of Pownal and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, Robert Gary Maskiell of Shaftsbury had a distinguished military career both in the United States Army, at home and abroad, and in the Vermont Army National Guard, and

Whereas, he was a graduate of the City College of New York, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army upon completing his studies with the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a distinguished military graduate, and

Whereas, in 1965, Robert Gary Maskiell commenced active duty in the U.S. Army as a student in the Infantry, Ranger and Airborne Schools in Fort Benning, Georgia, and

Whereas, from 1965 until 1969, Lieutenant, and later Captain Robert Gary Maskiell served as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division and as an advisor to Republic of Vietnam infantry troops during combat duty in Southeast Asia, and

Whereas, after leaving active duty in 1969, to pursue a civilian career as a professional engineer, Robert Gary Maskiell returned to military service in 1981, when he was appointed a Captain in the Vermont Army National Guard, and

Whereas, over the last 19 years, Robert Gary Maskiell held a variety of posts in the Vermont Army National Guard, including Armor Battalion Commander, Inspector General, and his present position as Deputy Commander of the 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), and

Whereas, in 1997 and 1998, then Colonel Robert Gary Maskiell temporarily returned to active duty with the U.S. Army, and was assigned to the Balkans where he served as Chief of the Military Liaison Team in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia where he helped restructure their military in an emerging democracy, and

Whereas, over the course of his military career, he had earned numerous decorations and honors, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, and

Whereas, on February 11, 2000, in recognition of his outstanding military accomplishments, the Vermont Army National Guard, with United States Congressional confirmation, was pleased to appoint Robert Gary Maskiell to the federal rank of Brigadier General, and

Whereas, Brigadier General Robert Gary Maskiell’s tenure at this leadership rank, that he so meritoriously earned, was tragically far too brief as he died while serving his country with the Vermont National Guard, and

Whereas, Brigadier General Robert Gary Maskiell was greatly admired and respected by his military colleagues, and he was an outstanding role model for those aspiring to serve their nation as members of the Vermont Army National Guard, and

Whereas, in the town of Shaftsbury, General Robert Gary Maskiell was, without doubt, a local hero among the citizens of his community, and

Whereas, Brigadier General Robert Gary Maskiell was married to Deborah Mattison Maskiell and had served on the Shaftsbury Selectboard, and on the Board of Trustees at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, and

Whereas, his leadership and friendship will be missed, both in the Vermont Army National Guard, and in the town of Shaftsbury, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Brigadier General Robert Gary Maskiell and extends its sincere condolences to his family and to the members of the Vermont Army National Guard, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mrs. Robert Gary Maskiell in Shaftsbury and to Major General Martha T. Rainville, Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard.