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Rep. Long Introduces Legislation to Honor Special Agent Sgt. Joseph M. Peters of Republic

Washington D.C.- Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) introduced legislation to name the post office in Republic, Missouri, in honor of Special Agent Sgt. Joseph M. Peters of Republic, a hometown hero who was tragically killed during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013.

“We can never forget the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform, or their families,” Congressman Long said. “Renaming the Republic Post Office in honor of Special Agent Sgt. Peters will serve as a reminder of his service in defense of this great nation, for which he gave his last full measure of devotion. The valor that he displayed while serving in Afghanistan is truly inspiring. It is the dedication of our service members like Special Agent Sgt. Peters that makes this country the greatest in the world.”

Special Agent Sgt. Peters graduated from Republic High School in 2007, before going on to Ozarks Technical Community College. He joined the United States Army in June of 2007, a few weeks after graduation from high school. He served in the 286th Military Police Detachment, deploying twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

On October 6, 2013, Special Agent Sgt. Peters was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a compound west of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Accompanying the Army Rangers on a raid, Special Agent Sgt. Peters went into an area known to have IEDs to assist with casualty triage. His selfless actions allowed for seven wounded members of the assault force to be safely evacuated from the area. The raid in question also disrupted an attack that would have killed countless innocent civilians. He is survived by his wife Ashely and his son Gabriel. He is also survived by his mother and father Debbie and Dennis. 

Special Agent Sgt. Peters was awarded the following during his time in the military: Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device “V” (posthumous), Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Purple Heart (posthumous), Meritorious Service Medal (posthumous), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Medal (2), Afghanistan Medal with Bronze Star Service Star-Arrowhead, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (posthumous), Combat Action Badge (posthumous), Driver and Mechanic Badge – Bar, Driver – W (four wheeled vehicles), Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert Overseas Service Bar (2). He also received Medal of Heroism from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in 2014 (posthumous).