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Toomey, Casey Announce Passage of Bill Renaming Two U.S. Post Offices in Pennsylvania

March 8, 2018
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Washington, D.C.- Legislation renaming two U.S Post Office facilities in honor of Pennsylvanians who were killed in action while serving their country is headed to the President's desk to become law. This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation designating the U.S. Post Office at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, PA as the "Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office" and the Wyncote U.S. Postal Service facility on Glenside Avenue as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building."

"Staff Sergeant Ostrom and Staff Sergeant Taub embodied the characteristics of courage, resilience, and bravery. While protecting their country, they made the ultimate sacrifice, a debt that we can never repay," said Senator Toomey. "This legislation is just a small way we can pay tribute to two exemplary Pennsylvanians. Both Staff Sergeant Ostrom and Staff Sergeant Taub served their country honorably and deserve to be remembered in this way."

"The bravery shown by Staff Sergeant Ostrom and Staff Sergeant Taub to protect and serve this country deserves our highest praise," said Senator Casey. While we could never fully repay their sacrifice, renaming these post offices will serve to honor their legacies."

Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Ostrom, of Liberty, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard. He died on August 9, 2005 from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire in Habbaniya, Iraq, where his unit was deployed with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

A native of Philadelphia, Air Force Staff Sergeant Peter W. Taub died on December 21, 2015 near the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 816, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. SSgt Taub was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Legislation honoring Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom was originally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Pa. 13). Congressman Tom Marino (R-Pa. 10) originally introduced legislation honoring Staff Sergeant Peter Taub. The bills renaming the two post offices, which passed the House of Representatives last year, now head to President Trump for his signature.