Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize the fine career and honorable service of a man whose actions have helped maintain the safety and security of our nation’s fight against terrorism, Colonel Greg Baine. After 29 years of faithful service to our country, Colonel Baine is retiring from the United States Army.

It is with great pride and honor that I recognize Colonel Baine for his tireless devotion to the wellbeing of our nation. After graduating from Beaumont Charlton Pollard High School, Colonel Baine earned his political science degree from Texas A&M University.

Colonel Baine began his military career in 1987 with the United States Army, where he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant with a duty in Sinai, Egypt. As a natural leader, he earned the esteemed rank of Colonel by serving our nation in duties in Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Germany and two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Colonel Baine is a true patriot; devoted and loyal, an honorable defender of liberty and freedom. Colonel Baine commanded the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment during his 14 month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I had the privilege of meeting Colonel Baine while in Iraq in 2008. His role in our nation’s fight on terrorism will never be forgotten. After Iraq, he volunteered for another 13 month combat tour to Afghanistan, where he commanded Regional Support Command South in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Throughout his career, Colonel Baine’s service and dedication have consistently earned him the recognition of his superiors. The list of this model citizen’s accomplishments will have enduring effects on our nation. A dedicated family man, Colonel Baine married his college sweetheart, Heidi.

Together they are the proud parents of two grown children, Gary Baine, II and Alexia. On behalf of the Second Congressional District of Texas, I commend this remarkable Texan for his exemplary service and dedication to not only the State of Texas, but the nation as a whole. Thank you, Colonel Baine, for a lifetime of selfless service to our country.

And that is just the way it is.