(Extensions of Remarks - December 04, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1533-E1534]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                          HON. SCOTT R. TIPTON

                              of colorado

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  Mr. SCOTT R. TIPTON. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Master 
Sgt. James Chamberlain of La Veta, Colorado who is retiring from the 
U.S. Air Force after nearly 30 years of service.
  Master Sgt. Chamberlain began his active duty service in 1992 shortly 
after graduating from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska 
with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law 
Enforcement. Upon completion of his initial training, he went on to 
serve in numerous duty positions spanning from news broadcasting to 
military police security. The Air Force sent him to cities around the 
world such as Los Angeles, California, Azores, Portugal, and Keflavik, 
Iceland. His courage and service were exemplified during multiple 
voluntary deployments to the Middle East. During these deployments 
Master Sgt. Chamberlain earned dozens of awards and recognitions 
including the Iraq Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star, the Air Force 
Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
  Master Sgt. Chamberlain's military career was simultaneously 
complemented by his time as a police officer. He left active duty 
service in September 1996 and returned to his family ranch near 
Walsenburg, Colorado. It was there that he put his GI bill to use and 
graduated near the top of his class at the Southern Colorado Law 
Enforcement Training Academy in Trinidad, Colorado. He was hired as a 
police officer for the city of La Junta, Colorado in August 1997. He 
continued his service in the Air Force Reserve as part of the 310th 
Security Forces Squadron at the newly renamed Schriever Air Force Base 
outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, an opportunity he was eager to 
  In Walsenburg, the community he has most recently been serving, 
Master Sgt. Chamberlain was named Distinguished Officer of the Year for 
the Colorado Police Protective Association and received the 
Distinguished Service Award by the city. Additionally, he earned the 
Police Medal of Honor and the Rescuer Award for Valor by Southern 
Colorado Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. This past year, he 
was even recognized by La Veta Schools on Veterans Day for his service 
as an Air Force veteran, a testament to what his sacrifices mean to his 
fellow community members.
  Madam Speaker, Master Sgt. Chamberlain's service to his country and 
enduring work-ethic will continue to have a positive impact on the 
community for years to come. It is my privilege to recognize him today, 
and express heartfelt gratitude for the important work he has done 
throughout his life. I wish him a happy retirement from military 
service and sincerely hope that he knows how proud his community, the 
state of Colorado, and the entire country is of his sacrifice and 
service both as an Airman and a police officer.

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