Veteran Center receives U.S. flag flown over Syria and Iraq

Larry Drake, an Air Force Reservist and Wichita State Student, presented a framed U.S. flag with a certificate to Wichita State’s Military and Veteran Center last week. The flag was flown over of Syria and Iraq in an Air Force F-16 C+ Viper for the university.

Drake deployed to Syria and Iraq in 2021 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He presented the flag to the center to show appreciation for the work they do to support military students and veterans in their pursuit of higher education. Drake attended WSU using the GI Bill.

Upon receiving the flag, Larry Burks, director of WSU’s Military and Veteran Center said, “Student veterans are great Americans, and we are proud for their service to our country and for their support of our university.

“The flag and the certificate are now displayed prominently at the center as a sign of appreciation for Drake’s gesture. The display also honors the service of all of WSU’s military and veteran students.