H.R. No. 947
         WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Stephen Douglas Barthelme is
  retiring from the United States Army in June 2013, concluding a
  distinguished military career that has spanned 20 years; and
         WHEREAS, The son of John and Carol Barthelme, Stephen
  Barthelme was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on December 8, 1970;
  he lived briefly in Louisiana until his family settled in Alvin;
  after completing his bachelor's degree in political science at The
  University of Texas at Austin, he enlisted in the army as a signals
  intelligence specialist and Korean linguist, and he subsequently
  received training at the prestigious Defense Language Institute
  Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California; and
         WHEREAS, Sergeant Barthelme served at Fort Lewis in
  Washington state and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo before
  being posted to Korea, where he attended Yonsei University;
  continuing to rise through the ranks, he returned to Goodfellow AFB
  and then studied at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management
  Institute in Cocoa Beach, Florida, before an assignment as garrison
  equal opportunity advisor in Mannheim, Germany; and
         WHEREAS, In 2009, Sergeant Barthelme transferred to Fort
  Riley, Kansas, and the following year he deployed to Kirkuk in Iraq
  to serve as first sergeant to Alpha Company 1-1 Brigade Special
  Troops Battalion; since June 2012 he has been stationed at Fort Hood
  as a signal intelligence supervisor for the 15th Military
  Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade,
  Hawaii; and
         WHEREAS, This esteemed officer is the recipient of numerous
  awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious
  Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation
  Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal
  with three oak leaf clusters; and
         WHEREAS, In all his endeavors, Sergeant Barthelme enjoys the
  love and support of his wife, Heather, whom he has known since the
  two became friends in the fifth grade; the couple married on June
  24, 2006, in their hometown of Alvin; and
         WHEREAS, Stephen Barthelme has exemplified the highest
  standards of the United States Army, and his outstanding efforts in
  this country's behalf are indeed deserving of his fellow citizens'
  deepest gratitude; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Sergeant First Class Stephen
  Douglas Barthelme on his retirement from the United States Army and
  extend to him sincere best wishes for continued happiness as he
  embarks on the next exciting chapter of his life; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Sergeant Barthelme as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 947 was adopted by the House on March
  27, 2013, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House