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Biden signs bill, renames Owasso post office after fallen airman

Shelby Banks, FOX23 News

OWASSO, Okla. — President Biden has signed HR 1298 into law, officially renaming an Owasso post office after fallen airman T. Sgt. Marshal Roberts.

T. Sgt. Roberts will killed in a rocket attack on Camp Taji while deployed in Iraq in 2020. T. Sgt. Roberts served with the 219th with the Oklahoma Air National Guard based in Tulsa.

State Representative Kevin Hern introduced HR 1298 to the House, where it passed with a voice vote in Feb. 2022. Sen. James Lankford led the bill in the Senate, where it passed unanimously in May 2022.

“I’m glad to see this bill signed into law,” said Rep. Hern. “Sergeant Roberts’ legacy lives on – not only in Owasso, but around our state and nation. Naming the Owasso Post Office after Sgt. Roberts is a small, but important, gesture of our gratitude for his service and sacrifice.”

“Our nation remembers our heroes. Technical Sergeant Roberts is one of those national heroes whose actions and patriotism deserve to be forever remembered in his hometown of Owasso,” said Sen. Lankford. “This Post Office, now officially named in his honor, will serve as a reminder to his family, friends, and service members of the ultimate sacrifice he gave to keep us safe and protect our freedom.”

The post office at 1233 North Cedar Street in Owasso will now bear Roberts’ name.

Last year, a section of Highway 20 between Owasso and Claremore was named in Roberts’ honor.