WHEREAS, United States Army Reserve Major Dwayne M. Kelley, of South Orange, New Jersey, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley entered the Army in 1978, initially serving for three years as a light wheel vehicle mechanic and then returning to Rutgers University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his commission as a U.S. Army Reserve second lieutenant in 1985; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley was a Civil Affairs Officer assigned to the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, stationed in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley has received some of our nation’s highest military honors, including two Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass and with “M” (mobilization) device and the Army Service Ribbon; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley also served the State of New Jersey as a Detective Sergeant First Class in the New Jersey State Police; and
WHEREAS, he began his career with the State Police on February 25, 1988, serving as a trooper and he then served in the Investigations Section; and
WHEREAS, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2004 and then to Detective Sergeant First Class in 2008, serving in the Counter Terrorism Bureau; and
WHEREAS, during his law enforcement career, Detective Sergeant First Class Kelley received numerous commendations and awards, most notable the 2006 Essex County Executive Extraordinary Valor Award and a 200 Club of Essex County Valor Award for his role in interviewing terrorism detainees; and
WHEREAS, his career with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and devotion to the highest principles of law enforcement; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley died near Sadr City, Iraq, during a time of war while serving as a member of the United States Army Reserve; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life in the line of duty, while fighting for his country; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley was a dedicated soldier as well as a loving husband, father, son, and friend, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and fellow soldiers; and
WHEREAS, Major Kelley’s love for his family and friends, his patriotism, and dedicated service to his country and his fellow soldiers make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mourn and remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, July 3, 2008, in recognition and mourning for a son of New Jersey and a brave and loyal American, United States Army Reserve Major Dwayne M. Kelley.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 1st day
of July Two Thousand and Eight, and of the
Independence of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-Second.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Edward J. McBride, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor