He Bought an American Flag for His First Deployment



This corporal pilot went out and bought himself an American flag for his first active deployment.

He was now under new employment.

He got his first assignment as a fighter pilot for the proud Black Knights.

He quickly learned how to maneuver in and out of tight narrow spaces through the dark fiery nights.

He understood the price.

It was for Iraqi Freedom.

He now had a good reason.

It was his time and season.

With all of his deployments to Iraq, he flew with his proud American flag near him, it was a reminder of what he was fighting for, it was a reminder of the cost of freedom.

America, never forget all of those that fought to keep our flag red, white and blue, remember the many that flew across rough windy channels with one mission to fight for and keep America’s freedom.







 Persian Gulf (Apr. 7, 2005) – An F/A-18F Super Hornet pilot, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VFA-154), waits with “Old Glory” for his turn to be launched off the flight deck aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a mission over Iraq. The flag is owned by Aviation Electronics Technician who bought the flag when he enlisted in the Navy. The flag has been on every deployment he has been on since he enlisted. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations in support of multi-national forces in Iraq and maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. Carl Vinson will end its deployment with a homeport shift to Norfolk, Va., and will conduct a three-year refuel and complex overhaul. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class  (RELEASED)


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