Paul Tarbox, a lifelong resident of Orange, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the 118th Medical Batallion as a communications sergeant from February 2004 to February 2005. He served in the Connecticut National Guard for 10 years from January 1999 to January 2009, leaving with the rank of sergeant, and was awarded medals and decorations for campaigns, service and merit, a prepared statement says.
Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs co-chairmen Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, and Rep. Ted Graziani, D-Ellington, commended Tarbox for receiving the award.
"I am humbled and honored by this award," Tarbox said in the statement. "It’s a privilege to serve the men and women of the Connecticut National Guard and all of Connecticut’s 300,000 veterans everyday, and I promise to remain committed to doing everything that I can to support legislation that benefits our veterans."
Tarbox, who has served as an Orange town constable, is a member of several veterans’ groups, including the American Legion, the VFW and the Association of the United States Army.