CEDAR RAPIDS — A renaming ceremony at the downtown Cedar Rapids Post Office to honor a local soldier killed in Afghanistan has been set.
U.S. Rep. Rod Blum and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst host the ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the post office, 615 Sixth Ave. The name change honors Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker, a Cedar Rapids carpenter killed while serving with the Iowa Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
Legislation they sponsored to rename the post office to honor Pasker was signed by President Barack Obama in June.
“Renaming this postal facility after Sgt. Pasker will serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice he made on behalf of our country, as well as honoring all those who have served the United States in the armed forces,” Blum said.
The post office is to serve as a “permanent tribute to his heroism,” added Ernst, who like Pasker, served in a combat zone with the Iowa Army National Guard.
“When our state and country called on him to serve, Pasker made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms,” she said.
Pasker enlisted in the Army in 1990 and joined the National Guard in 1995. He was first deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and chose to return in 2011 with the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
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Pasker, who was 39 at the time, was killed while passing through a routine security checkpoint in Panjshir province, Afghanistan.
He is survived by his wife, Erica; parents, Mary and David; and siblings Andrew, Christine and Rebecca.
In the event of rain, the ceremony is to be moved to the Veterans Memorial Hall Ballroom located at 50 Second Avenue Bridge in Cedar Rapids.