Congresswoman Bustos’ Legislation to Rename the Post Office in Alpha, Illinois after Fallen Hero Captain Joshua E. Steele Passes the Senate

Bill heads to the President’s Desk to be signed into law

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the Senate has passed her bill to designate the U.S. Post Office at 108 D Street in Alpha, Illinois, as the “Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office.” In September, Bustos’ bill passed the House and, with Senate passage, it is headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Captain Steele was an American hero who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 17, 2007 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Bustos introduced this legislation as a way to recognize and commemorate his sacrifice back in his community. After the bill is signed into law, Bustos will hold an event in Alpha to mark the renaming.

“Captain Joshua Steele made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and we will never forget,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Capt. Steele was an exemplary young man who all of us should look up to. While nothing can repair the damage felt from his loss, I am hopeful that, by renaming the post office in Alpha, we’ll ensure that his legacy of courage and service carries on for future generations of Americans to reflect upon.”

Captain Joshua E. Steele always stood out as an intelligent, driven and loyal young man. Capt. Steele was raised on his family farm in North Henderson, Illinois. He always had a strong interest in geology which he applied to his studies. In 2002, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in geological engineering. Capt. Steele knew that he wanted to serve from a young age and, in December of that same year, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After being deployed in Iraq and the Republic of Georgia, Capt. Steele was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2007. At the age of 26, during this deployment, Captain Steele was killed by a roadside bomb in Panjway, Afghanistan on June 17, 2007, while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Capt. Steele was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.