Veterans presented a duty flag to SWACO trustees on Sept. 8. Pictured here (left to right) is Brian Graves, Greg Knoblock and trustee chairman Bradley Frick.
SWACO employees who served as U.S. Navy Seabees in the Afghan and Iraqi Wars have presented flags flown in the Middle East at a ceremony at SWACO headquarters in observance of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Landfill heavy equipment operator Brian Graves and fleet mechanics’ supervisor Greg Knoblock joined SWACO executive director Ron Mills, SWACO trustees, and employees at ceremonies outside the SWACO Administration building at 4239 London-Groveport Road on Sept. 8.
"We are proud of all of our veterans," said Mills. "It is important for us to show our support to those who defend our freedom. We are excited to have Brian and Greg back home with us. The flags they present allow us to show pride in our country and in a special way help us remember the events that occurred 10 years ago."
Graves presented an American flag that was flown on May 25, 2011 over Kandahar, Afghanistan. Knoblock’s flag was made at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. It is one of special appreciation paid for by Knoblock and other Seabees designed to thank SWACO for its support of the Armed Forces.
Graves was based at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. His battalion’s mission was to support the Army, Marines and Special Forces throughout Afghanistan. He has served three tours of duty.
"It is an honor to serve," said Graves. "But with all the action in and around our base, it was pretty scary. You try to keep busy, but you always have it in the back of your mind that there is a very serious danger."
Knoblock had a flag of appreciation made in Iraq.
"Our Armed Forces have done a lot to help stabilize that part of the world and give the people of Iraq and other countries a chance to enjoy the freedoms many Americans take for granted. If it wasn’t for our employers supporting us and our families at these difficult times I do not believe we could have made such a difference," said Knoblock.
Knoblock has served two tours of duty.