By Noriega                                             H.R. No. 816
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                                 R E S O L U T I O N
 1-1           WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives is pleased to
 1-2     commend the members of the Texas National Guard's 49th Armored
 1-3     Division for their exemplary service in Bosnia during 2000; and
 1-4           WHEREAS, Following 18 months of intensive training, the 49th
 1-5     deployed to Bosnia and assumed control of Task Force Eagle on March
 1-6     7, 2000; there the Division's soldiers led the safest-ever rotation
 1-7     of peacekeepers, compiling more than 14,000 flight hours and 1.24
 1-8     million road miles without a single injury accident; and
 1-9           WHEREAS, During the 49th's command, more refugees returned to
1-10     their prewar homes than during any other comparable period in the
1-11     history of the more than five-year operation, and 85 square miles
1-12     of mine fields were cleared at a faster rate than ever before;
1-13     moreover, the rival factions of the Entity Armed Forces actually
1-14     cooperated on the construction of bridges, roads, and buildings;
1-15     and
1-16           WHEREAS, Due in large part to the success of the 49th, the
1-17     United States Army has announced that six of the next eight
1-18     Stabilization Force rotations will be led by members of the
1-19     National Guard; and
1-20           WHEREAS, The efforts of the men and women of the 49th Armored
1-21     Division were instrumental in helping thousands of Bosnians rebuild
1-22     their lives and their country, and for their distinguished service
1-23     they are most deserving of legislative recognition at this time;
1-24     now, therefore, be it
 2-1           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas
 2-2     Legislature hereby applaud the members of the 49th Armored Division
 2-3     of the Texas National Guard for their impressive peacekeeping
 2-4     efforts in Bosnia; and, be it further
 2-5           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
 2-6     prepared for the members of the 49th Armored Division as an
 2-7     expression of high regard by the Texas  House of Representatives.