June 14, 2010 --
Sgt. Jonathan Rosenzweig (left), information
management officer with the 716th Quartermaster
Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support
Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 13th
Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and an
Eatontown, N.J., native, raises the American
flag while Spc. Dartanyun Harvey, an amnesty
yard container team member with the 716th
Quartermaster Company and a Jersey City, N.J.,
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (June 18, 2010) —Soldiers with the
716th Quartermaster Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support
Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command
(Expeditionary) erected a flag pole on June 14th at Joint Base Balad,
Soldiers with the company will be able to send the flags
home to their families with a certificate stating it was
flown in Iraq.
“We've wanted to get a flag pole since we first arrived in
Iraq back in November,” said Capt. James Beck, 716th
Quartermaster Company commander, and Butler, Pa., native.
“Now that we have one, we're trying to fly a different flag
every day and also give our Soldiers the chance to raise and
lower the flag. Many of them have not.”
“It's a great honor and privilege to be able to fly the Flag
of the United States over Iraq,” said
Spc. Alvin Garcia, charge of quarters clerk with the 716th
Quartermaster Company and a Jersey City, N.J. native, said
it's an honor and privilege to be able to fly the American
flag in Iraq.
“I'm thankful and proud that I have gotten the chance to
send the colors up the flagpole,” he said.
The new pole arrived in time for Flag Day, and is used
exclusively by the 716th Quartermaster Company. It is
intended to be used for the duration of the tour and to be
left in place for future units.
“It's good for the unit, it's good for the Soldiers and it's
good for the families back home supporting us,” Beck said.