Farmington High School JROTC to receive flag that flew in Afghanistan

Hannah Grover The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — The Farmington High School JROTC Scorpion Battalion will be presented with a U.S. flag that flew in Afghanistan during an assembly today at the school.

The flag flew in Afghanistan on June 14 during a Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize) mission, according to Lt. Col. John Hogan, the commander of the school's JROTC.

The presentation will be part of an assembly that will serve as a pep rally for the Scorpions and an opportunity to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Staci Zweschper, the principal's secretary, said.

She said the school typically has pep rallies on days when there will be home football games.

The Sept. 11 memorial events will continue during the game against Belen, which starts at 7 tonight at Hutchinson Stadium.

During both the assembly and the football game's halftime, a large flag will be unfurled.

Hogan said the presentation of the flag from Afghanistan is timely with the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack because the attack prompted the war in Afghanistan, and Task Force ODIN is one of the counter-terrorism units.

He is hoping to display the flag in the classroom so that the 130 members of the JROTC can see and "recognize that a lot of the sacrifices being made are being noticed."

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.