Bill Text: NY K00035 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Mourning the death of Chief Warrant Officers Steven Skoda, Christian Koch and Daniel Prial

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 41-22)

Status: (Passed) 2021-02-01 - adopted [K00035 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-K00035-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 35

BY: M. of A. Bronson

        MOURNING  the  death  of  Chief  Warrant  Officers
        Steven  Skoda,  Christian  Koch  and  Daniel  Prial,
        distinguished  citizens and devoted members of their
        communities

  WHEREAS, It is with  profound  sorrow  and  deep  regret  that  this
Legislative  Body,  representing the people of the State of New York, is
moved this day to pay tribute to Chief Warrant  Officers  Steven  Skoda,
Christian Koch and Daniel Prial; and

  WHEREAS,  Chief  Warrant  Officers  Steven Skoda, Christian Koch and
Daniel Prial were killed in an aircraft crash during a military training
exercise on Wednesday, January 20, 2021; and

  WHEREAS, A resident of Rochester, New York,  Chief  Warrant  Officer
Steven  Skoda,  age  54, was a 35-year veteran of the United States Army
and the Army National Guard; he served in the  Afghanistan  War  in  two
deployments, 2013 and 2019; and

  WHEREAS,  For  his  admirable  service, Chief Warrant Officer Steven
Skoda was awarded  the  Meritorious  Service  Medal,  Army  Commendation
Medal,  National  Defense  Service Medal, NATO Medal, a Meritorious Unit
Citation, Army Reserve Overseas Training  Ribbon,  Department  of  State
Superior  Honor  Award,  Humanitarian Service Medal, Master Army Aviator
Badge, Air Assault Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,  and  a
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation; and

  WHEREAS,  Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda was a friend and mentor
to all the soldiers in his unit,  supporting  the  training  and  career
progressions of hundreds of aircrews throughout his career; and

  WHEREAS, Chief Warrant Officer Christian Koch, age 39, a resident of
Honeoye Falls, New York, was a 20-year veteran of the National Guard, as
well as a pilot with the New York State Police aviation unit; and

  WHEREAS,  A  veteran  of the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War, Chief
Warrant Officer Christian Koch's awards  include  the  Air  Medal,  Army
Achievement  Medal,  Army  Good  Conduct Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal,  Iraq  Campaign  Medal,  Army  Forces
Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Non-Commissioned Officer
Professional  Development  Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve
Overseas Training Ribbon, an Army Parachutist Badge, Senior Army Aviator
Badge, Air Assault Badge, the  Global  War  on  Terrorism  Expeditionary
Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and

  WHEREAS, Chief Warrant Officer Christian Koch will be remembered for
his  motivation  and  infectious  personality, two outstanding qualities
which made him a great soldier, leader and father; and

  WHEREAS, A resident of Rochester, New York,  Chief  Warrant  Officer
Daniel Prial, age 30, was a member of the National Guard for one year; a
West  Point  Military  Academy  graduate, he served in the United States
Army since 2012; and


  WHEREAS,  Chief  Warrant  Officer  Daniel Prial was the recipient of
numerous awards, including the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal,  Army
Achievement  Medal,  National  Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghan  Campaign  Medal,  and  the  Army
Aviator Badge; and

  WHEREAS,  Chief  Warrant Officer Daniel Prial will be remembered for
having the ability to fit in quickly and make an immediate impact on new
groups; and

  WHEREAS, All three soldiers embodied what our country stands for and
were leaders and mentors in both their jobs and  in  their  communities;
and

  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body mourns the loss of three of our New
York Army National Guards, all members of  the  C  Company  of  the  1st
Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion; they bravely served
the  United  States  and  this  great Empire State, and lost their lives
defending our freedoms; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  death of Chief Warrant Officers Steven Skoda, Christian Koch
and Daniel Prial, and  to  express  its  deepest  condolences  to  their
families; and be it further

  RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the families of  Chief  Warrant  Officers  Steven  Skoda,
Christian Koch and Daniel Prial.
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