United States Army Sergeant First Class Benjamin L. Sebban, of South Amboy,
New Jersey, was raised in Middlesex County, attended St. Mary's School in South Amboy, and graduated from Middlesex County Vocational-Technical High School in 1996; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban enlisted in the Army shortly after his graduation from Word of Life Bible College in 1998 and completed his basic training course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban also attended nursing training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and completed the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Bragg; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban was a highly trained U.S. Army Senior Combat Medic who served his country overseas in unique and highly specialized missions, including training Republic of Georgia medics and as a Special Forces medic in West Africa; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban most recently volunteered for assignment in the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, while stationed in Iraq, Sergeant First Class Sebban led a platoon of medics and was recognized as a tireless worker preparing his unit for the vital, exacting and dangerous mission of saving lives in combat; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban died under combat conditions while serving his country in Baqubah, Iraq; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban has been recommended for the Silver Star in recognition of his gallantry and heroism in action and has received some of this nation's highest military honors, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one clasp, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sebban was a committed and professional U.S. Army paratrooper and Senior Combat Medic and a loving son and brother, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family and his fellow Army paratroopers and medics; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Sabban's patriotism and dedicated service to his country and his fellow soldiers make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him and his family, 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 New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in recognition and mourning of an American hero, U.S. Army paratrooper and Senior Combat Medic Sergeant First Class Benjamin L. Sebban of Middlesex County, New Jersey.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 26th day
Two Thousand and Seven, and of the
Independence of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-First.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman
Chief Counsel to the Governor