Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Thousands of Americans serve the U.S. overseas, working to protect the nation and its way of life. One of those, Logan Bridgeman, 21, of Gilbertsville, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan has requested a Kentucky state flag as another way for him to remember his home.
His family and friends have contacted County Judge Executive Mike Miller about Bridgeman’s request and Miller is sending a flag and letter thanking Bridgeman for his service.
“People are forgetting that we have men and women over there and we want Logan to know we haven’t forgotten about him,” Miller said. “I wrote Logan a letter thanking him for his service. I’m a veteran, so I know what it’s like to be so far from home.”
Bridgeman is the only one in his unit from this area, and from the Commonwealth.
Bridgeman did his boot camp training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Ok., and was stationed at Fort Polk, La., before his tour overseas started in early July.
Bridgeman is with the 4th Brigade 10th Mountain “Patriots” serving overseas.
Bridgeman’s mother, Carla Rogers, said her son had wanted to serve in the military since he was two years old and decided on joining the army after carefully considering all of the branches of the U.S. military.
Rogers said she thinks her son will feel good that someone like Miller realizes where he is and what he’s doing for his home county and country.
Bridgeman is on his first tour and joined the U.S. Army shortly after high school graduation two years ago.
His mother said he was a history buff and has an interest in war reenactments.
“That’s what’s intriguing about Logan,” she said. “He can tell you anything about a war. From the clothes the service members wore to the weapons they used.”
Rogers said Bridgeman has nine months to a year left on his tour and she anxiously awaits his return.
“Logan’s dad was in the Navy, and then the merchant marines so he was brought up around some military life,” she said. “I’m a very proud military mom. My husband Tim and I are proud of Logan for following his dreams.”
Miller ordered and received the Kentucky flag last week and has sent it to Logan.
Miller was unsure of when Bridgeman would be receiving the flag and letter, but said he was glad he could be a part of Bridgeman’s request.