I feel a bit guilty for not reporting this sooner but the last time we've had someone Killed In Action was 14 December 2014. Today, I salute Spc. John M. Dawson.

Those who have followed me over the years know I have never missed a member of the Armed Forces who was Killed In Action. Since 2011, there isn't a one who I have not acknowledged, not a one. I have always felt that it was my duty to not only place a name with a face but to make sure you didn't either. Those that have sacrificed their lives for our country deserve to be honored.

It's with a heavy heart that today is the first time I have had to do this since last December. Keep in mind, this is a record. In over 10 years, we have not had such a long gap between those who have been Killed In Action.

Today, we honor the life of Spc. John M. Dawson, from Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Spc. Dawson, 22 years old, was Killed In Action on 8 April 2015 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan when he was attacked by small arms fire while on an escort mission.

Spc. John M. Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.