July 17, 2006
Mrs. Maplesden will mail the flag to her husband, CWO2 Nate Maplesden, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, presently serving on active duty with the Alaska Air National Guard in Iraq.
CW2 Maplesden flies a UH-60 Blackhawk. Maplesden and along with about 54 other Alaska Army National Guard personnel are currently stationed in Tall Afar, Iraq and have been on active duty since June 2005. Alaska Army National Guard men and women are also currently serving in Afghanistan.
Maplesden expects to be home soon and wrote to SitNews that he is looking forward to the salt air and familiar faces once again. Upon his return from active duty, Maplesden will return to his employment with the City of Ketchikan.
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