40th BEB reinstitutes flag flying program

Soldiers assigned to the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, raise a flag over Camp Patriot, Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2017. Photo by 2nd Lt. Jakob C. Stewart, 40th BEB, 2nd BCT, 1st AD.

Soldiers assigned to the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, raise a flag over Camp Patriot, Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2017. Photo by 2nd Lt. Jakob C. Stewart, 40th BEB, 2nd BCT, 1st AD.

By 2nd Lt. Jakob C. Stewart, 40th BEB, 2nd BCT, 1st AD:

(El Paso, Texas, Jan. 18, 2018)

KUWAIT – Old Glory has always been a staple of freedom, peace, truth and justice for our Armed Forces. Wherever Soldiers have been, Old Glory has boldly waved.

In an effort to commemorate service in support of Operation Spartan Shield, Lt. Col. David Noble, commander, 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and battalion Chaplain (1st Lt.) Euy Suk Cho, initiated the return of the flag-flying program at Camp Patriot, located in the Security Forces South Region of Kuwait.

For Camp Patriot, the program is an authentic way for Soldiers to remember their tour of duty, honor a friend or family member or simply boost their morale through seeing their flag fly. Any Soldier interested in the program simply purchases an American flag, fills out the program application and submits it to the battalion chaplain.

At 6:30 a.m., the flag detail conducts the colors ceremony and the flag is flown high, overseeing Camp Patriot. Once the flag has flown for a day, it is returned to the Soldier along with a certificate of authenticity.

Cho said the program helps him serve the battalion better.

“Personally, I love this program,” Cho said. “I get the chance to learn more about the individual Soldier’s story and increase my ability to effectively serve my battalion as the chaplain.”

Since the program began, more than 30 flags have flown proudly over Camp Patriot.