Operation Enduring Freedom American Flag Flown Over Afghanistan Presented to the City of Prescott
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The City of Prescott was presented with an American flag flown over Afghanistan by the United States Air Force (USAF) 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The flag was flown over Afghanistan by USAF Captain Matthew "Heet" Kading on October 11, 2013.
USAF Staff Sergeant Daryl Gladstein, who also serves as a City of Prescott police officer, returned home with the flag to present it to the City of Prescott after being deployed for eight months in Afghanistan. The flag is now proudly displayed in the lobby of City Hall for everyone to appreciate.
Sergeant Gladstein has an impressive record of service. While deployed, he led search operations for the busiest pedestrian entry control point into Air Force Central Command where he directed response forces during 32 indirect fire attacks. Sergeant Gladstein also led more than 300 antiterrorism security measures overseeing thousands of personnel on a daily basis, including crowd control during riots that broke out in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Additionally, in his off-duty time he volunteered more than 30 hours at the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility where he performed critical medical treatment to more than 235 coalition forces.
"The City of Prescott is honored to be the recipient of this flag that symbolizes the courage, perseverance and strength of our military to defeat terrorism," said Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. "We are delighted to welcome Sergeant Gladstein back home again and our community and police department are fortunate to have a military officer of his caliber working on our behalf."