American Combat Flag Presentation ceremony

Submitted by Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support

(posted 2.7.11)

Sedro-Woolley Community Troop Support will host an American Combat Flag Presentation Ceremony at 1 p.m. Feb. 17, in the Concrete Elementary School gym. The public is invited to attend.

The U.S. flag to be presented was flown in a nighttime combat operation over Afghanistan on Dec. 9, 2010, in honor of SWCTS. It will be presented in thanks and appreciation for the support and encouragement sent in the form of generous care packages to overseas troops during the 2010 Christmas season.

Arrangements for this flag to be flown during the operation were made by Sgt. Charlie Ross, a 1981 graduate of Concrete High School. The certificate that will accompany the flag is signed by Sgt. Ross and the rest of his Chinook aircraft unit. The certificate states: “This flag was flown during a Deliberate Operation in Tera Zayi District, Khowst Province in support of TF 310 on Dec. 9, 2010, in a CH-47D Chinook aircraft, #237 ‘War Machine.’ The flag flew in the face of the enemy bearing witness to the unshakeable resolve to eliminate terrorist forces threatening the freedom of the United States and the world.”

In addition to the flag presentation, SWCTS will acknowledge the Concrete Leadership Club for its commendable act of creating a special thank-you banner that was displayed to the Concrete community as club members marched with it in the 2010 Veteran’s Day Parade in Concrete. The banner was then mailed to Sgt. Ross and his flight unit in Afghanistan.

The banner, along with the Christmas care packages that were made possible through the generosity of our local communities, compelled Sgt. Ross and his unit to respond by presenting the Combat Flag back to us.

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