Up until today, all we had were wish lists. As of today, the members of the 127th Specialist Class have destinations.
Some are headed to China, some to Russia. Others are headed to Chad, Congo, or Djibouti. We even have one headed to Barbados. As for me and my fellow engineers, we knew from the first day of orientation that we were headed for a domestic assignment and fully expected to get the Virginia state flag. So here's what we were expecting to see:
However, we did not get the state flag of Virginia. And for me, this was especially startling, as I was the first name called out. I don't know why (I'm not alphabetically first in the class), but getting called into the pole position totally screwed up my plan to watch what other people were doing when they went up, shook hands with the class mentor, took the flag, smiled for the camera (also known as the "Shake & Take"), before receiving the packet of additional assignment information.
Anyways, the flag showing on the big screen when they called my name was:
The District of Columbia: The flag of Washington, D.C. consists of three red stars above two red bars on a white background. It is based on the design of the coat of arms of George Washington, first used to identify the family in the twelfth century, when one of George Washington's ancestors took possession of Washington Old Hall, then in County Durham, north-east England. As elements in heraldry, the stars are properly called mullets.
Admittedly, it's basically the same thing (as in, not an overseas assignment) and it doesn't really change our initial assignment. And other folks did, in fact, get assigned to Virginia.
But all things considered, I like the look of the DC's flag much more than Virginia's. Also, it has "mullets." Awesome.