Ms. Coleman served in the U.S. Army as a 68D (Operating Room Specialist) from 2005 to 2014. She was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri), Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Fort Jackson (South Carolina) and Fort Hood (Killeen). She was also attached to the 14th Combat Support Hospital in Fort Benning (Georgia).
Mr. Coleman served as a 19K (tanker) from 2001 to 2004. He was stationed at Fort Knox (Kentucky) and Fort Hood. He completed a combat tour in Iraq from 2003-2004.
The couple comes from a family of veterans. Both of their fathers honorably served in the Army and Tiffany's grandfather served in WWI and WWII. She said the couple has acquired many flags over the years. This flag has never flown, but was preserved in their family home since 2008. "We are honored that Gateway will be its final resting place, where it will proudly be displayed," she said.
In the photo holding the donated flag are representatives of the Boy Scouts and an Air Force auxiliary group at Gateway, along with Ms. Coleman and Head of School Ben Boorman. They include (from left) Garrick Knott, Oleg Dylla, Aidan Hartline, Ms. Coleman, Mr. Boorman, Carsten Gallini and Joseph Gaddy.