RECOGNIZING CAPTAIN (RET.) THOMAS BOYCE FOR HIS 28 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE U.S. NAVY
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING CAPTAIN (RET.) THOMAS BOYCE FOR HIS 28 YEARS OF SERVICE TO 
                             THE U.S. NAVY

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                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank and 
commend Captain (Ret.) Thomas Boyce of Alexandria, Virginia for his 28 
years of honorable service to the United States Navy and for his 
subsequent 30 of support to the Navy in the private sector. Captain 
Boyce's long career both in the Navy and in business speaks to his deep 
patriotism and commitment to protecting our nation. He is a veteran of 
the wars in both Korea and Vietnam, and his tremendous sacrifice and 
dedicated service to this country truly merit our highest praise.
  CAPT Boyce graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951. After 
receiving his commission, he served in Korea aboard several 
minesweeping ships. From 1962 to 1964 he served aboard the USS Semmes, 
a ship for which he served on the commissioning team and helped oversee 
the construction. He credits the ship's command with instilling the 
esprit de corps needed for the USS Semmes to become one of the most 
successful missile firing ships in the Navy. From 1964 to 1970, CAPT 
Boyce served under the Naval Surface Missile System Office while 
assigned shore duty. During the early 1970s, he served aboard the USS 
Niagara Falls, a fast combat logistics ship that replenished ports in 
Vietnam. CAPT Boyce finished his naval career in 1979 at the Naval Air 
Systems Command.
  After retiring, CAPT Boyce began an equally long career working for a 
naval contractor applying his unique skill set to managing the building 
of twenty LMSR ships. Used extensively by the Navy, LMSRs have 
significantly expanded the Navy's sealift capabilities and have been 
integral to the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. CAPT Boyce recently 
retired for a second time and is looking forward to spending time with 
his wife, Barbara, and continuing his work on the board of the USS 
Semmes DDG-18 Association.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues rise to join me in recognizing 
and thanking Thomas Boyce for his committed and selfless service to our 
country.

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