Sergeant Chavez is the husband of Loretta Chavez, a Cosmetology student at our Columbia Campus. He returned three weeks ago from Iraq, where he served for two months as a weapons systems coordinator.
Sergeant Chavez was stationed at Balad Airbase, just north of Baghdad. The flag he presented was previously flown over Iraq on August 18, 2010, aboard an F-16CM.
During the ceremony held at noon, proud students and staff observed the flag as it was raised by Catrina Smalls and Sharon Brewster. Ms. Smalls is a Cosmetology instructor and a U.S. Air Force veteran. She served with the 31st Aero Evacuation Squad during the first Gulf War. Ms. Brewster, a Columbia Campus Medical Assisting student, is also a military veteran.