Blum Legislation to Honor Fallen Iowa Guardsman Signed into Law
President Obama Approves Measure to Rename Cedar Rapids Post Office
Today, Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation to honor a fallen Iowa Guardsman was signed into law by President Obama. H.R. 4605 will rename the Cedar Rapids Post Office on 6th Avenue after Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker, a native of the First District of Iowa who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
“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.