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Tribal Member Back from Afghanistan Thanks Tribe With a Flag

March 31, 2012 –

(L to R) Jancita Warrington, Jim Potter, Carrie O’Toole, Noah Wahquahboshkuk, Holly Johnson, Steve Ortiz, Junior Wahweotten, Joyce Guerrero, Howard Oliver, Debbie Johnson and Audrey Oliver.

MAYETTA:  Senior Airman Holly Johnson and members of her family presented an American flag to Tribal Council yesterday to thank the PBPN for supporting Johnson while she was on a tour in Afghanistan.  Christmas care packages have been sent to tribal members who are in active military service for the last three years.

The flag she gave to the tribe has special significance.  Johnson said that she requested that it be flown on March 14 in honor of the tribe on a C 130 airplane she was on during a bundles mission over Afghanistan.

Johnson, from Topeka, has been in the Kansas Air National Guard for three years and is based with the Forbes Field Air National Guard 190th ARW.   She was in Afghanistan for the past six months and returned home March 28.  Accompanying her on her visit with Tribal Council was her mother, Debbie Johnson, Audrey Oliver, aunt, and Grandfather Howard Oliver.  Her grandmother is Melvene Oliver, who was not photographed.