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DOUGLAS COUNTY EMPLOYEE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN SENDS SURPISE GIFTS


Douglasville, Georgia - Sergeant Major Robert H. Cowart, a Douglas County employee, currently on deployment in Afghanistan, recently executed a mission that surprised many at a recent County Commission meeting and brought tears to some. Moments after Dr. Romona Jackson-Jones, Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, began to lead the beginning of a scheduled evening commission meeting through its course of a prayer and pledge of allegiance, Douglas County Board of Commission Vice Chair & District 2 Commissioner Kelly G. Robinson respectfully called for a point of order, which was immediately granted by Chairman Jones.

In a surprised move to many in Citizens Hall, Vice Chairman Robinson called for Master Sergeant Colt Mayfield of the U.S. Army for a special presentation. At that point, representatives from the United States Army presented two encased American Flags sent overseas by Sergeant Major Cowart to Chairman Jones and Mark Teal, County Administrator. A third gift of the United States Flag enclosed in a custom wooden case was delivered separately to his immediate supervisor Gary Jenkins, Government Services Director. The entire presentation was captured on live television on dctv 23, the government access channel, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 and can be viewed in its entirety on www.dctv23.com

"I'm humbled and thankful that one of our distinguished employees while deployed to serve our country would take the time to think of me and others managing Douglas County while he's overseas," said Chairman Jones. "It was such a surprise and when I reflect on his actions, I'm just truly humbled by them."

Douglas County Administrator Mark Teal conveyed similar sentiments. "I was extremely honored by the actions of Sgt. Major Cowart and the U.S. Army," Teal said. "Not only is he an outstanding employee of Douglas County, he is a warrior fighting for our Country in Afghanistan."

In October of 2018, Douglas County Government Services Assistant Director Heath Cowart, a Sergeant Major in the National Guard of the United States was ordered to active duty. He was deployed to Afghanistan for one year, and is a part of a pilot program initiated by the Pentagon where his National Guard unit- the 48th Brigade Infantry Combat Team "Volunteers" out of Macon, Georgia- merged with the 3rd Infantry Division "Rock of the Mame" out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

This is his second deployment during his time as a Douglas County government employee, and he has served 21 years as a member of the U.S. Army on either active duty or as a National Guard military member.

Sergeant Major Cowart gifts of three certified American flags that flew over the Train Advise Assist Command-East, headquarters at Tactical Base Gamberi, Laghman province Afghanistan during operation Freedom Sentinel showed his love of his country and his county.

During the presentation, representatives from the United States Army National Guard said, "these flags symbolized the sovereign power of the United States of America and unshakeable resolve to keep our country safe."

For more information, you can contact Rick Martin, Director of Douglas County Communications and Community Relations Department at 770-920-7303.





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