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Mayor Brown Receives Flags From U.S. Marine Corps
BUFFALO – Mayor Byron Brown today received two U.S. flags flown at Marine Corps positions in Iraq. The Mayor was presented the flags by representatives of I Company – known as India Company, which is based at the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center on Porter Avenue.
"On behalf of the citizens of Buffalo, I am honored to receive these United States flags from the members of the United States Marine Corps, I Company," said Mayor Brown. "Having returned safely home, the members of India Company served our nation, and our city, with honor and distinction as they daily carried out their duty in very dangerous and difficult circumstances. These flags will be displayed proudly in City Hall to honor the members of India Company and all American service men and women currently deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world."
Stationed at the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center on Porter Avenue, the Marines of India company served in Iraq along the Euphrates River from the City of Haditha (where the hydro electric dam provides the electric power for Baghdad) to the City of Hit. The area is referred to as the Hit-Haditha Corridor.
India Company was attached to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, which is a Reserve Battalion with Companies in 5 U.S. cities, including Buffalo.
One of the flags being presented was flown at a Marine position in Haditha and the other one was flown in Hit.
India Company spent most if its time in Hit operating from a Firm base inside the city.
Captain Kevin Klostermann, who served as India Company's Executive Officer during the deployment to Iraq and who is currently the Company Commander here in Buffalo, led the Marine representatives presenting the flags to Mayor Brown.
Also present were Gunnery Sergeant Jason Haney, who was the Company Gunnery Sergeant for India Company on the deployment; First Sergeant Benito Caraballo who remained in Buffalo to ensure the well being of the Marine families and take care of injured Marines; and Captain Christopher Reynolds who was the Battalion Operations Officer in the City of Hit.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios