Wounded warrior outraged as ‘rainbow’ flag flies at military installation

Wounded warrior retired Senior Airman Brian Kolfage was startled by a strange sight as he wound his way through Davis Mountain Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. — Old Glory, with rainbow stripes replacing the alternating red and white.

It was a sight one might see at University of California, Berkeley, perhaps — but a military base?

“For those of you with military ties, you’ll understand the stark contrast between military and civilian life, and ultimately know duty comes before self,” he wrote for The Blaze. “More specifically, it’s one of the Air Force’s three core values that is drilled into us in Basic Military Training.”


More than that, Kolfage notes that the flag violates Title 4, Section 1 of the U.S. Code, which provides:

Flag; stripes and stars on: The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be fifty stars, white in a blue field.

“It’s sad when someone who has gone to war and faced combat cannot display a Christian flag or even a Gadsden flag because it may be offensive,” he observed. “However, a flag that is in violation of the U.S. Code that mandates base regulations and policy is allowed?!”

When he questioned the display of the flag to the Public Affairs Office of the 355th Fighter Wing, he received this ruling:

The installation commander carefully considered the opinions of legal professionals and the law. The display in question is not an altered U.S. flag; therefore, its display does not violate federal law. No action will be taken.

Kolfage notes that this perversion is “flying on an Air Force base that won the 2012 Commander In Chief’s Best Installation in the Air Force.”

That would be the same commander in chief who places political correctness on a higher plane than he does moral or military correctness. “Should that tell us something?” he asked. It speaks volumes.

He invites readers to give the 355th Fighter Wing their opinion of the unit’s decision by phone or email:
(520) 228-3398

Kolfage became a triple amputee on his second deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom on Sept. 11, 2004, when he was directly hit by a large artillery round. Today he serves on Rep. Ron Barber’s, D-Ariz., veteran advisory committee and serves as an inspiration to other wounded warriors.


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