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A resolution introduced by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) that marked the anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm recently received approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Senate Resolution 291 commemorates Pennsylvania’s contribution to Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The conflict concluded 29 years ago this month.

“Pennsylvania suffered the single greatest loss of life with a scud missile attack against the 14th Quartermaster Detachment on the 25th of February in 1991,” said Mastriano. “This resolution remembers our role in the war and the sacrifice that Pennsylvania made in the liberation of Kuwait.”

Mastriano, a retired 30-year combat veteran, noted that citizens across the United States were “united in their support of military personnel,” including a “spontaneous movement for prayer and protection of our deployed troops” and an “outpouring of generosity with care packages.”  Mastriano served with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during Operation Desert Storm and relayed some of his experiences during the war and noted that it was a turning point for the nation.

Senators Michele Brooks (R-50) and Kim Ward (R-39) joined Mastriano as prime sponsors of the bi-partisan resolution. Additionally, there were 22 co-sponsors.

The resolution received a unanimous vote Feb. 5 by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and later a unanimous vote by the 50-member Senate.

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