Honoring America’s Heroes

Senator Kathy Marchione inducts United States Army Staff Sergeant and Explosive Ordnance Team Leader Derek J. Farley as her 2017 Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame honoree

A Purple Heart recipient and resident of the Town of Nassau, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Farley was killed in action in western Afghanistan on August 17, 2010 while disarming a bomb just two weeks before he was scheduled to come home

Albany, NY – Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon), member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today inducted United States Army Staff Sergeant and Explosive Ordnance Team Leader Derek J. Farley as her 2017 honoree to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame during a patriotic public recognition ceremony.

A Purple Heart recipient and resident of the Town of Nassau, United States Army Staff Sergeant Farley was deployed to western Afghanistan on September 15, 2009 to support Coalition Forces against explosive hazards. Tragically, Staff Sergeant Farley was killed on August 17, 2010 while disarming a bomb just two weeks before his scheduled return home. Staff Sergeant Farley was posthumously inducted by Senator Marchione into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame today. Upon the conclusion of today’s Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony, Staff Sergeant Derek Farley was honored with the playing of Taps as his biography was read aloud.

United States Army Staff Sergeant Derek Farley served our nation faithfully, courageously and honorably. He is a true American hero who saved lives and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. His heroic service will forever be remembered. It is an honor to induct Staff Sergeant Derek Farley as my 2017 honoree to our Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame for the 43rd Senate District. We will keep Staff Sergeant Farley’s family – his father Kenneth, mother Carrie, his brother Dylan, and sisters Colleen, Theresa and Julie, and his girlfriend Maria – in our thoughts and prayers,” Senator Marchione said.

Launched in 2005, the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame honors and recognizes outstanding veterans. Senator Marchione and her Senate colleagues honored Staff Sergeant Farley today, along with all the military veteran inductees from the other 62 State Senate Districts, during a patriotic public recognition ceremony held in Albany.

Biography of United States Army Staff Sergeant Derek J. Farley

United States Army Staff Sergeant Derek J. Farley was an Explosive Ordnance Team Leader with the 702nd Ordnance Company (EOD) located in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He was deployed to western Afghanistan on September 15, 2009 to support Coalition Forces against explosive hazards.

He worked diligently with his Army team to help ensure freedom of movement along crucial routes, worked with local national forces to find and recover caches, and share his knowledge base with friendly forces about enemy tactics, techniques and procedures. Staff Sergeant Derek J. Farley was killed on August 17, 2010 while disarming a bomb, just two weeks before he was scheduled to come home.

SSG Farley began his Army career in September 2004 by basic military training at Ft. Jackson, SC, and attending EOD School at Eglin Air Force base, Florida. After graduating from EOD school, SSG Farley was assigned to the 756th Ordnance Company (EOD) at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

In July 2006, SSG Farley deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq where he served as an EOD team member until May of 2007. While in Iraq SSG Farley received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during an IED explosion. He was then assigned to the 702ndOrdnance Company (EOD) Grafenwoehr, Germany in February 2008, where he took on the responsibility and title of EOD Team Leader. While at the 702nd EOD company, SSG Farley completed numerous VIP missions, range clearance and UXO calls in Grafenwoehr Training Area. While not at work, SSG Farley enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend Maria, and traveling around Europe.

Staff Sergeant Farley was passionate about being an EOD technician. He always placed the welfare of his team, Coalition Forces, and the local population before himself. He was a devoted friend and an exceptional mentor. Derek Farley will be forever missed by his father Kenneth and mother Carrie, his brother Dylan and sisters Colleen, Theresa and Julie, and his girlfriend Maria.

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