(Extensions of Remarks - January 21, 2004)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E31]
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                          HON. DONALD M. PAYNE

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, January 21, 2004

  Mr. PAYNE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask my colleagues here in the 
U.S. House of Representatives to join me in honoring a very special 
person, Staff Sergeant Carol S. Murray, who has given outstanding 
service to our Nation and to this institution. Sergeant Murray will be 
honored this evening by her many friends, colleagues, and family 
members on the occasion of her retirement from the United States Army.
  As the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and Administrative 
Supervisor of the Army's Congressional House Liaison Division since 
1991, Sergeant Murray has earned an excellent reputation among members 
of Congress for her dedication and professionalism. I had the pleasure 
of getting to know Sergeant Murray when she accompanied a Congressional 
delegation to Haiti. She impressed me with her ability to handle with 
grace any situation which arose, while also showing deep respect to our 
host country and its residents during the diplomatic mission. I always 
enjoyed walking by Sergeant Murray's office in the Rayburn Building, 
because I knew I would be greeted with the warm, friendly smile she has 
for everyone. In her position, she was always willing to show newcomers 
the ropes, inspiring a sense of esprit d'corps which is so important 
for the morale of those serving in our military. In addition, whenever 
the Army was hosting a reception or event for a senior officer, she 
worked tirelessly to ensure that it was well-attended and successful.
  Sergeant Murray began her career in July of 1984 after completing 
Basic and AIT at Fort Jackson. She served in Stuttgart as the postal 
clerk for 139th AG Postal, Robinson Barracks. Her exceptional 
performance led to other assignments, including providing primary 
training in office procedures and policies, and acting as a mentor for 
all newly assigned Military Personnel. Following her tour in Germany, 
she headed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to the XVIII Airborne Corps, 
where she served with the ``Fighting'' 305th AG Postal before leaving 
for Honduras and other numerous field deployments with the mighty 82nd 
Airborne Division. In January of 1988, she began working as a Postal 
Clerk with the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey. She later worked as 
an Administrative Specialist to the Chief, Enlisted Records before 
serving as the Senior Administrative NCO for the Adjutant General's 
Office in the Military District of Washington.
  Mr. Speaker, I know my colleagues join me in offering congratulations 
and best wishes for the future to Sergeant Carol Murray, a great 
soldier, patriot, and friend.