Lance Cpl. Bastean died protecting our nation in Helmand Province Afghanistan on October 23rd, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of her bill to rename the Post Office at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.” Later in the evening, Bustos’ bill passed the House, sending it to the Senate as the next step.
Born and raised in Pekin, Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean was a 2010 graduate of Pekin Community College. Back in the community, Bastean was a four-year cadet in the JROTC and captain of the air rifle team. He joined the Marines because, as he once told his father, “they were the toughest.”
Lance Corporal Bastean was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force which was based out of Twentynine Palms, California. On October 23rd, 2011, during his first deployment, Lance Cpl. Bastean was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province.
Below are Congresswoman Bustos’ remarks as prepared.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
Floor Speech: H.R. 2673 – 115th Congress – March 5th, 2017
I rise today in support of my bill, which would designate the post office in Pekin, Illinois, as the Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.
A 2010 graduate of Pekin Community High School, Jordan was a four-year cadet in the JROTC and was the captain of the air rifle team.
As an avid hunter, an athlete and a big fan of taking his dad’s jeep off-roading, he was the very definition of what it means to be a Midwesterner.
And just like a lot of young men from the heartland, Jordan believed in service and he believed in being the best he could be.
That’s why he joined the Marines.
And, Lance Corporal Bastean’s commitment to service was SO infectious, that his dad quit his job and followed him into the military.
But on October 23rd, 2011, during his first deployment to Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Bastean made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in Helmand province…
And, back at home, Steve and Kathy Bastean lost their only child at just 19 years of age.
Mr. Speaker, this Saturday, when his family releases balloons at his grave to mark what would have been his 26th birthday, I hope they know that a grateful nation mourns with them.
On behalf of all the families of the 17th Congressional District, I want to offer my deepest condolences to the entire Bastean family, to all of Lance Corporal Bastean’s friends and to all the brave men and women in uniform who fought and died with him.
Thank you Mr. Speaker and I yield back.