The TankerBabe got a real look at how much she had meant to a deployed unit when they made a very special presentation.
CPT Stoney Portis and 1SG Ron Burton, along with the men of B Troop, presented me with a gift that is so incredible and touching words can't do it justice (photo below). Being presented an American flag that has flown over our men and women on foreign soil who are their to protect our freedom is ALWAYS an emotional moment for me. Today, I confess, I became so overwhelmed with emotion that I couldn't talk. I had to take a minute to compose myself. I think when you read the following excerpt from the certificate you will understand why.
The certificate reads, in part:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMYB TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON, 61st CAVALRY REGIMENT4th BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 4th INFANTRY DIVISIONFORT CARSON, COLORADO 80913
Commander, B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment
This flag was carried by Cavalry Scounts of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment during Operation Mountain Overwatch along the Saw River Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan from 18 to 19 April 2010. This flag changed hands from dismounted cavalry scouts to infantrymen, traveled by way of CH-47 Chinook Helicopter over Jalalabad and in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle (MATV) through the Kunar River Valley. It moved in formations alongside the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police, as well as with Soldiers from the Army of the Republic of Latvia. The mission was accomplished and the operation was a success.