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Flag That Flew in Iraq Presented to Gordon State College

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Master Sgt. Jeff Schram, Kaci Schram and Gordon State President Kirk A. Nooks

A few weeks before Kaci Schram’s dad came home from his deployment with the Georgia Air National Guard in Iraq, he did something special for her and Gordon State College.

Master Sgt. Jeff Schram had a flag flown aboard an E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems (JSTARS) aircraft over the skies of Iraq.

Schram and Kaci presented the flag and a certificate to GSC President Dr. Kirk A. Nooks this week.

“We are honored to receive this flag and appreciate your dedication to serving our country,” said Dr. Nooks during the presentation.

“It is my pleasure,” said Schram, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “It means a lot to know that she is happy at school while I am away.”

Schram returned to the United States just before Christmas and expects to be redeployed, but doesn’t know when. For now, he is enjoying spending time with his family. And that is fine with Kaci.

“I’m just glad he is home,” said Kaci, who hopes to enter the nursing program soon. “I miss him a lot when he is away.”

The flag will be properly folded, placed in a special case and displayed on campus.