|Sponsor||Rep. Holden, Tim|
|Date||October 14, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 754 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA) on September 17, 2009.
H.Res. 754 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its gratitude to the members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard of the State of Pennsylvania and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States;
• "Commends the members of the 56th Brigade Combat Team (Stryker) of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard on the completion of their most-recent deployment to Iraq; and
• "Recognizes the achievements of the members of the 56th Brigade Combat Team (Stryker), and all other formerly and presently deployed Pennsylvania Army National Guard and Air National Guard units and members, for their exemplary service."
The 56th Brigade Combat Team (Stryker) of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, is composed of approximately 4,000 citizen-soldiers from Pennsylvania. The unit, following a mobilization and deployment to Kosovo in 2003, was placed on active duty for a second overseas mobilization on September 19, 2008, and deployed to Iraq on January 15, 2009. In Iraq, the brigade was primarily engaged in convoy security, force protection, provincial reconstruction, and base operations missions. The unit returned to the United States and demobilized in September 2009.