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Local sergeant presents governor with flag

November 28, 2005

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Burger of Hagerstown recently presented Gov. Robert Ehrlich with a framed Maryland state flag that flew over Burger's camp when he was stationed in Iraq from February 2003 to January 2004.

Sgt. Burger was in Iraq serving as a mortarman with the 3rd Brigade, 187th Infantry Regiment (the "Rakkasans"), 101st Airborne Division. He had the state flag framed with a small plaque for presentation to the governor.

Last Monday, Ehrlich spent about an hour in his office in Annapolis with Burger, Burger's wife, Krista, and Burger's parents, Donald and Betty Burger.

Sgt. Burger, who recently earned his sergeant's stripes, is serving with the 2nd Brigade, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell, Ky. He will be leaving before the end of the year for his second tour of duty in Iraq, his parents said.

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Before he returned to Kentucky to await deployment to Iraq, his family held an early Christmas celebration, including a tree decorated in red, white and blue.

Burger, 22, a 2001 graduate of Washington County Technical High School, entered the Army in August 2001. Prior to his first tour of duty in Iraq, he served for six months in Afghanistan.

"We're very proud of him," his mother said.

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