Who Banned the U.S. Flag in Kirkuk?
was evacuated to the
September, members of the 503rd returned home for some well-deserved
R&R. Perkins and McJunkin met up with Spc. Larry Burns from C Company, to
pay a visit to their wounded friend, Blakely. Before going they reported to
members of the press “Despite daily ambushes, the guys agree far more Iraqi
citizens are grateful for
In addition to just wanting to see their friend, these guys were bringing Blakely a gift from the rest of his comrades-in-arms: An American flag that had flown over the base in Kirkut.
now, DefenseWatch has learned,
Although I have been unable to determine exactly who first issued this order, it is clear that some desk jockey pulled a page from his political correctness manual, and pantywaist commanders more concerned about their fitness reports than what is right have knuckled under.
The only people exhibiting any sand are Tech Sgt. Sam Arbuckle and the other members of the Kirkuk Airbase Fire Department, 506 ECES/CEF, who continued to post and retire the colors until they were directly ordered to lower the flag for the last time.
In the words of Arbuckle, this “is a slap in the face of those families back home who have lost a loved one. It is also a slap in the face for those who still remain here, not only protecting our people back home, but trying to make a difference here in the pursuit of freedom for the Iraqi people.” He went on to say that “If we are to fly the Iraqi flag with our flag then so be it. But don’t tell us that we can’t show respect for our flag, when so many have died in the name of freedom. The only people I think who would be offended, are the people who kill innocent women and children in the name of religion.”
shameful decision to ban the flag stands in sharp contrast to the members of the
503rd who brought one of these flags half-way around the world to
present to their wounded comrade. If Blakely had to get wounded, it was
fortunate it happened back in June, when the Stars and Stripes still flew