USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"USA Store! ... American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!"Mere Chance ... A Greatest Generation Story" by David G. BancroftCemetery Woods by David G. BancroftAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. BancroftWaking Dreams by David G. BancroftUSA theme polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel items
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | Articles | Charities | Graphics | Great Americans | Halls of Honor | Heroes | Music | Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars for Troops | Stories
Student Patriots | Videos | About | Contact | Submit | Banners | Partners | Press | CureNow | New Content | DonateAdd This ... Bookmark and ShareJoin / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook pageJoin USA Patriotism! at Google+USA Patriotism! On TwitterUSA Patriotism! YouTube Channel

Patriotic Article
Military
By USAF TSgt. Emily F. Alley

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designsFree Gifts from The Bradford Exchange Online
 

451st AEW Members Give Flags Wings To Fly
(February 19, 2011)

USA, military, and other patriotic themed pullover and button down Polo shirts

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (2/18/2011 - AFNS) -- Whether as a unique thank you, a patriotic souvenir or a solemn reminder, more than 3,000 flags have been flown over the skies of Afghanistan by the combined aircraft of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing over the past six months.
Wing aircrew carry flags on routine missions over Afghanistan. It's an additional duty that aircrew have willingly accepted and anyone can submit any flag to be flown.

"We've had Boy Scout flags flown along with team flags," said Airman 1st Class Joshua Williams, a 451st Operations Support Squadron knowledge operator and the flag flying program manager.

Lt. Col. Joel Hampton, the 451st AEW Operational Support Flight commander, acknowledged that part the popularity of the 451st AEW program is that it's free, but members supply their own flags.

"We feel it does a lot for morale, relatives, friends back home, kids and grandparents," Colonel Hampton said.
Capt. Ryan Hayde prepares to fly a mission over Afghanistan accompanied by American flags on Oct. 9, 2010. Flags from all countries, sports teams, and schools may be flown as part of the 451st AEW flag flying program. Captain Hayde is an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Chad Chisholm
Capt. Ryan Hayde prepares to fly a mission over Afghanistan accompanied by American flags on Oct. 9, 2010. Flags from all countries, sports teams, and schools may be flown as part of the 451st AEW flag flying program. Captain Hayde is an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Chad Chisholm
Senior Airman Dominico Jones, who coordinated the flag flying program for the past six months prior to Airman Williams' arrival, has also heard requests from schools, firefighters, Marines and Canadians. Occasionally, he'll get special requests, such as providing a flown flag to a World War II veteran who's been given a month to live.

"Those, I'll take and fly myself," said Colonel Hampton, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, wanting to ensure the special requests are handled with a personal touch.

For routine requests, flags will wait to fly in the order they were received, which takes about three weeks before being returned, he said. If the flag is requested to fly on multiple aircraft in the 451st AEW catalogue, it may take up to three months.

A large number of flags are requested by Soldiers, many on a second or third deployment, the colonel said. Many, he described, credit the A-10, or one of the other 451st AEW aircraft, with having saved their lives. When the soldiers drop off their flags and paperwork, they'll sit down and tell their story.

"They'll say, 'I want it flown on the A-10; that was the plane that saved me last time,'" he said.

Airman Jones was struck by the story of a group of Soldiers from a mounted division, who had fallen under attack while on a patrol. The group was almost out of ammunition and being fired on from several sides when an Airman in their group called in an air strike. Within 10 minutes, an A-10 screamed overhead and destroyed the insurgents. Airman Jones claimed each of the Soldiers requested flags from the A-10s.

"At times, it can be demanding," Airman Jones said of the program. "But the look of appreciation you get, why these flags are important, the stories you hear, make it worth it."

Airman Williams, who recently filled the position as Flag Flying Manager, plans to take advantage of it while he's deployed here.

"I'm getting a flag flown for my uncle," he said.

Airman Williams also doesn't mind the responsibility, or the boxes of flags -- which are stuffed into every inch of shelf space in his office -- any one of which might be for someone who was saved by one of his aircraft.
By USAF TSgt. Emily F. Alley
9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force - Iraq Public Affairs
Copyright 2011

Reprinted from Air Force News Service

Comment on this article

USA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!USA / Americana theme ... polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel itemsAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft
Special Offers - FREE Gifts with Purchase

Charities supported by USA Patriotism! with links to them on all its pages.
USO | American Legion | Operation HomefrontFallen Heroes Fund | Military Order of the Purple Heart | NMFA
Silver Star Families | Gary Sinise Foundation | Journey Home Project | Honor and Remember | Independence Fund

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | ArticlesCharities | Graphics | Great Americans | Heroes | Honor Halls | Music
Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars For Troops | Stories | Student Patriots | Videos
New Content | About |
Contact | Banners | CureNow | Partners | Press | Privacy


Search USA Patriotism!

 Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Copyright © 2002-2019 ~ USA Patriotism! ~ All Rights Reserved