Zachary presented with flag from National Guard

Louisiana Army National Guard Maj. Cindy H. Haygood, commander of the 769th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, presented Zachary Mayor Henry J. Martinez with a U.S. Flag at a city council meeting at City Hall, on January 27.

 “On behalf of every Soldier in the 769th, I am giving this flag as a token of appreciation for the support that the city of Zachary has shown the battalion,” said the Leesville native.

 The flag, which was flown over Multi-National Corps Headquarters in Iraq, was originally presented to LANG Assistant Adjutant General Maj. Gen Hunt B. Downer at the city’s annual Z Fest on May 6, 2006, when the mayor and city council signed a declaration officially dedicating that date as 769th day.

Upon deploying in 2007, the engineers’ request to take the flag with them overseas was granted.  “We had every intention of returning the flag to the city, but we wanted to fly it during our deployment to give it a more symbolic value,” said Maj. Jason P. Mahfouz, 769th operations officer.

 “The citizens of Zachary and I would like to thank you for the service that you have given to your country,” said Martinez . “We are extremely happy that you were able to return this flag safely.”

~ By Sgt. Michael L. Owens

Joint Forces Headquarters Unit Public Affairs Representative

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