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Special Session Day 9: Senate lauds troops, Obama

OLYMPIA — With American flags sprouting from every desk, senators seemed to swell with patriotic pride and honored members of the armed forces and their commander-in-chief after Sunday's mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Senate Resolution 8661honors President Obama for “strong, thoughtful leadership”; the military and intelligence agencies for “unstinting bravery” and the Navy Seals for “extraordinary skills, courage and precision teamwork of the highest order”. It notes the military and naval installations in the state, including Fairchild Air Force Base.

In nearly an hour of speeches, legislators lauded members of all branches of the armed services and mentioned many of the state's bases and units. After unanimously approving the resolution, they stood to applaud members of the armed forces who were watching from the gallery.

The Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which brought the Navy Seals to and from the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has ties to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, said.

“We all remember Sept. 11, 2001,” Carrell, a sponsor of the bill, said. “A constant question for 10 years has been 'Where is bin Laden?'”

Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, a former member of the U.S. State Department, said he was glad the resolution recognized the work of the nation's intelligence agencies and noted that Spokane Valley resident Ryan Crocker is returning to foreign service to serve as ambassador to Afghanistan.

Others recalled their military service. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, another sponsor, mentioned his time in the Washington National Guard and praised the mission that eliminated bin Laden: “My only regret is I didn't pull the trigger.”

Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, said he'd served in the Army after being drafted in 1958, and would be willing to serve again if needed.

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said she's available if needed: “I may be getting older, but I can still shoot.”

For the full text of SR 8661, or to comment on this post, click here to go inside the blog.

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