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Senate Passes Bill to Name Hot Springs Post Office After Fallen Sailor; Bill Goes to President for Signature

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Thursday (July 14) passed H.R. 3931, a bill to designate the United States Post Office located at 620 Central Avenue, Suite 1A in Hot Springs National Park as the Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown United States Post Office. H.R. 3931, introduced byCongressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) on November 4, 2015, passed the House on May 23.

Brown, a Hot Springs native, overcame many adversities in his life – including addiction – before joining the U.S. Navy and becoming a member of SEAL Team SIX.

On March 17, 2010, American forces were engaged in a firefight in Komar Province, Afghanistan, when members of Brown’s unit were cornered. Chief Petty Officer Brown maneuvered to draw enemy fire away from his unit and toward himself. He died as a result of his heroic actions.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman (AR), Tom Cotton, and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) released the following statements Monday (July 18):

“This is a tribute to a hero whose determination, perseverance and faith helped him overcome his personal battles and become an elite warrior. His story serves as an inspiration to the community and future generations about what it means to be selfless,” Boozman said. “I appreciate Congressman Western’s leadership to honor Chief Petty Officer Brown with this special recognition.”

“Adam Brown was a great warrior and a hero.  His story is one of faith, redemption, service, and love.  I am proud to call him an Arkansan and proud a building in his beloved Hot Springs will now bear his name,” Cotton said. “I hope when little boys and little girls see the sign on this post office with his name they ask their parents who Adam Brown was.  And I hope their parents can tell them his story and inspire them with his example.”

“Chief Petty Officer Brown’s story is a great American success story. His battle to overcome addictions to not only become one of the nation’s most elite warriors but also to be a husband, father, and a man who lived out his faith is a story worth celebrating and remembering,” Westerman said. “Adam exemplified the SEAL code of loyalty to country, team, and teammate, giving his life to save the members of his unit. Though he was killed in the line of duty, his selfless actions ensured victory for his brothers in arms. Adam’s love for America was evident by his selfless actions. It is my hope that the Adam Brown Post Office in Hot Springs will not only serve to honor Adam, but that it will also honor all of the men and women from the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas who have given their lives in defense of the United States.”

Chief Petty Officer Brown’s story was the basis for the New York Times bestselling book “Fearless.”

Co-sponsors of this legislation are Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03), Andy Barr (KY-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), and Ryan Zinke (MT-At Large). Zinke, like Brown, was a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team SIX.

H.R. 3931 will now go to the White House to be signed into law from President Barack Obama.

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