Sheriff’s Office receives combat mission flag

A flag flown over hostile territory in Afghanistan on Dec. 24 has been donated to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Devin Bordelon and his wife, Mary Lea Bordelon, donated the flag to Sheriff Jeff Willey on Sept. 25.

The flag flew during a combat mission on board a C-130J Hercules, Panther 73, Tail 10-5701 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mary Lea Bordelon is a C-130J Super Hercules pilot assigned to the 40th Airlift Squadron, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

She provides tactical airlift and airdrop support to troops. She has amassed more than 800 hours in a variety of aircraft to include more than 200 combat hours in the C-130J.

Her husband, Devin, an Ascension Parish native, is the operations flight commander for the 7th Communications Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. He manages command and control resources for Dyess Air Force Base.

He operates and sustains more than $25 million worth of weather forecasting, air traffic control and landing systems, network switching infrastructure, and storage devices ensuring readiness for training and world-wide combat and combat support missions.

“We value service and we value military service,” said Sheriff Wiley. ”Gestures like such are the fabric of future America that we truly appreciate; this flag will hang proudly at our training center facility.”