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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PHS grad gives battle flag to school

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  • A Pratt High graduate has donated a flag to his alma mater. Not just any flag, but one that was flown April 1, 2013, "in the face of the enemy" over Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom.
    Doug Vrtiska, a 1997 PHS graduate, presented the flag to Superintendent Suzan Patton on July 23. The display will be placed at Pratt High, either in the commons area or office, at the discretion of Principal Steve Blankenship.
    "We are proud to think he would remember us with a flag," Patton said. "I think when students read the plaque they're going to stop and think about his involvement in the mission and that he would feel so strongly about his connection to his school."
    Vrtiska was on active duty with the U.S. Navy from November 1997 to April 2011, and has been deployed with the Navy Reserve since Sept. 28, 2012. He recently completed his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
    He is a logistics specialist with the Navy Expeditionary Ambush Protected Vehicle Support Office. His job is organizing the repair or shipping back of mine-resistant vehicles for comment.
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