H.R. 5309, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building”

H.R. 5309

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building”

Date
September 20, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5309, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5309 was introduced on May 23, 2016, by Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) and was subsequently referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on September 15, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5309 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building.”

Background

Originally from Oxford, Mississippi, Donald C. Carwile was an originally infantry officer who joined the U.S. Army in 2003 shortly after graduating from Lafayette High School. He then left the army to pursue a career in law enforcement, working as a patrol officer with both the Batesville Police Department and the Oxford Police Department. In 2006, Carwile re-enlisted in the Army, this time qualifying as a member of the Officer Candidate School.[1]

During his deployment to Afghanistan during Operating Enduring Freedom, 1st Lieutenant Carwile was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. It was during his deployment, on August 15, 2008, when 1st Lieutenant Carwile was tragically killed in action after his vehicle was first struck by an improvised explosive device and later came under attack from insurgent small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Carwile was 29 years old.[2]

1st Lieutenant Carwile was a devoted family man who left behind his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters. Carwile was also a heavily decorated soldier throughout his military career, receiving the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge among several other honors.[3]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “He was the type of man who put others before himself and paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. He is truly a hero, and I am proud to honor his legacy.”[4]

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[1] See Clarion-Ledger’s Article, May 29, 2016.
[2] See Military Time’s Article.
[3] See Clarion-Ledger’s Article, May 29, 2016.
[4] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for this bill is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1811.