(Alexandria, MN) A flag that was flown over each Land-based Phalanx Weapon System Site in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan during Operation Freedom's Sentinel was returned to Alexandria. Former mayor Sara Carlson sent the flag with Alexandria-based Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion 194 Field Artillery Regiment when they deployed in the summer of 2020. It made its way back to Alexandria and city hall now that their mission has been completed. Carlson and current Alexandria mayor Bobbie Osterberg accepted the flag Sunday morning at a small ceremony in the Alexandria Armory. Charlie Battery was led by Commander Thomas B. Bowers, CPT, C/1-194 FA and First Sergeant Adam M. Vanderwal, 1SG, C/1-194 FA. They presented both the American flag and plaque that shows their appreciation for the city of Alexandria's support of their mission. Carlson presented the flag and plaque to the city council Monday night. Both former and current Alexandria mayors talked in front of council about the flag presentation (AUDIO BELOW).
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