Flag Flown Over Base In Iraq Raised In Tribute At Laughlin
Source: The Greeneville Sun
Flag Was Sent By
Capt. Brian Cook,
Reservist And Chief
BY BILL JONES
An American flag that flew on May 10 over the U.S. Army's Camp Taji, Iraq, was raised on Monday morning during a ceremony outside the main entrance of Laughlin Memorial Hospital.
Noah Roark, Laughlin Memorial's director of human resources, said the flag was sent to the hospital recently by Capt. Brian Cook, a U.S. Army Reservist who, in civilian life, is the hospital's chief physical therapist.
Cook, according to Roark, has been serving as a physical therapist in Iraq since January with Company C of the 328th Brigade Support Battalion, which is part of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
In a letter sent to LMH CEO Chuck Whitfield last month, Capt. Cook wrote, "This flag was flown in Iraq in honor of LMH and the continuous support you have provided.
"The First Cavalry Division symbol in the left-hand corner of the certificate is the unit I fly with on my missions and one of the main units that I treat in the clinic.
"The unit is from Ft. Hood, Texas, and has a long, and storied history. Please fly this flag in honor of the missions supported in Operation Iraqi Freedom by myself and this unit."
On Monday morning, LMH employees assembled outside the hospital's main entrance at 8:30 a.m. for a formal flag-raising ceremony.
During the ceremony, Whitfield read aloud the certificate that accompanied the flag that Capt. Cook sent.
He noted that the framed certificate now will be displayed in the hospital's lobby.
Members of the Greene County Honor Guard, assisted by members of American Legion Post 64, conducted the formal flag-raising ceremony that concluded in the playing of the military hymn "Taps."
Second Lt. James Sauceman, of Company A of the Tennessee State Guard's 3rd Military Police Battalion, offered a prayer during the ceremony.