Notable Nevadans

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

February 9, 2012

SFC MockMr. HELLER: Mr. President, today I rise to honor Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Mock on the occasion of his oath of re-enlistment in the Nevada Army National Guard.  His commitment to the citizens of the Silver State is unwavering and Nevada is honored by his service.

I would first like to recognize all of our nation’s servicemen and women.  Each and every day, our troops are serving the United States to protect our freedom.  They dedicate their lives to serve this great nation and constantly make grave sacrifices to ensure the safety of our country. Our service members and their families deserve our gratitude and thanks.

Before serving in the Nevada National Guard, Sgt. Mock served nine years in the Army Reserve, where he was deployed repeatedly on combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  His continued dedication to service led him to join the Nevada National Guard in 2007 and he continues to serve his State, despite becoming the innocent victim of a brutal shooting in Carson City, Nevada on September 6, 2011.  I will never forget this tragic event, and I continue to send my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

I commend Sgt. Mock for his bravery and thank him for his faithful service to his State and country.   I also wish to recognize Sgt. Mock’s wife, Staff Sgt. Stephanie Mock, who enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard shortly after the tragic events of September 6, 2011. The Mock family is a true inspiration and illustration of a proud, Nevada family who have overcome great hardship through faith and determination.  

I congratulate Sgt. Mock on his re-enlistment and am humbled by him and all of our courageous servicemen and women.  Let us continue to be mindful of our dedicated service members who fight to protect and preserve the ideals of freedom and democracy.