U.S. Senate Passes Iowa Delegation’s Legislation Honoring Fallen Iowan
Sen. Ernst, Rep. Blum Measure Heads To President’s Desk
Today, legislation renaming the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Post Office the “Sergeant First Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building” in honor of fallen Iowa veteran Terryl L. Pasker passed the Senate with unanimous support. The legislation now heads to President Obama’s desk for his consideration.
“I introduced this legislation to honor the sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Pasker and all those who have served our country in the armed forces, and I am glad to see it pass the Senate today. I am grateful to Senator Ernst and the entire Iowa delegation for their support of this measure and I urge President Obama to sign this bill into law as soon as possible. Enacting this legislation will be a lasting tribute to the life and sacrifice of Sgt. Pasker, and will serve as a permanent reminder of the courage and dedication shown by the members of our military and their families,” said Congressman Blum.
“Sergeant First Class Pasker dedicated his life in service to our great state and country, and was killed in the line of duty defending our freedoms,” said Senator Ernst. “As Memorial Day approaches, I am so pleased that we are able to express our gratitude to him and his family for the sacrifices they made, and honor his heroism. I am thankful for my colleagues’ support on this measure, and encourage the President to swiftly sign it into law.”
“Our family is grateful to Congressman Blum for his work in honoring the memory of our son, Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker. Naming this Post Office after Terryl ensures that his sacrifice will not be forgotten, and we thank Congressman Blum and the entire Iowa delegation for their support on this project,” said Terryl’s father David Pasker.
A native of Iowa’s First District, Mr. Pasker first enlisted in the Army in 1990 and in 1995, he joined the Iowa National Guard. He first deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and chose to return in 2011 with the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. He and several other Iowa Guardsmen from his unit were responsible for mentoring Afghan police and military leadership. On July 9th, 2011, Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker gave his last full measure of devotion to his country when, at a checkpoint in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, he was killed at the age of 39, only days before the end of his combat tour. He is survived by his wife, Erica; parents, Mary and David; brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Christine and Rebecca.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.