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NO. R-163. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the Vermont National Guard’s role in fostering the development of a civilian-controlled military in Macedonia.

(J.R.H. 120)

Offered by: Representatives Paquin of Fairfax, Adams of Hartland, Alfano of Calais, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Connell of Warren, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Davis of Cavendish, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Doyle of Richmond, Driscoll of Burlington, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Freed of Dorset, George of Middlebury, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larose of Richford, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mann of Leicester, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Myers of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Reese of Pomfret, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Scribner of Bristol, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Brattleboro, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, the recently independent nations that have emerged from the disintegration of the former communist Yugoslavia are striving to develop strong and enduring democratic institutions, and

Whereas, among these new countries, the small nation of Macedonia is continuing to confront intensive internal and external pressures that pose a serious threat to its political autonomy and continued existence, and

Whereas, despite Macedonia’s difficult geo-political situation, the country’s civilian-controlled military has emerged as a stabilizing force on the less than straightforward democratic path on which the country has set its course, and

Whereas, the State Partnership Program pairs the military forces in emerging democracies in eastern Europe with state National Guard units, and

Whereas, these international partnerships are established in order that National Guard personnel can serve as mentors to their European counterparts, and help foster civilian control of the local military force, professional military standards, and an ability to work cooperatively with western nations, particularly with respect to peacekeeping activities, and

Whereas, the Vermont National Guard has partnered with the Macedonian Army to assist that nation’s challenging struggle to achieve these laudable political and military objectives, and

Whereas, the Vermont National Guard has supported over 100 events involving Vermonters or Macedonians visiting each others’ nations, and

Whereas, for the past five years, a senior Vermont National Guard officer has been continuously stationed in Macedonia, and

Whereas, during the summer of 2000, the Vermont National Guard was the lead organization for Cornerstone 2000, an engineering exercise with Macedonian military engineers, which rebuilt two health clinics and two schools in rural Macedonian towns, and

Whereas, the activities of the Vermont National Guard nicely complement the Macedonian-based programs of the Vermont-based Institute for Sustainable Communities which are also intended to develop close ties between our state and Macedonia in pursuit of developing a sustainable Macedonian democracy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is proud to commend and honor the Vermont National Guard personnel who have served in Macedonia for their courage and willingness to serve in this dangerous locale as part of the noble cause of fostering Macedonian democracy and civilian control of that country’s military forces, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Adjutant General Major General Martha T. Rainville at Camp Johnson in Colchester.