Sean Huh is a young leader who strives to improve himself and those around him. When the student saw a shortage of flags at Bob Jones High School, he did something about it.Huh, a senior who serves as cadet commander of the school's JROTC program, contacted Redstone Arsenal leaders for assistance. He said he felt obligated to share with others his respect for the American flag and he knew Redstone was a good place to start."Our flag is not just a piece of material, but a message," Huh said. "It is a representation of the people, united under one nation, under God, indivisible, and with liberty and justice for all. When I recite the pledge every morning at my high school, I take a personal note of the sacrifices that have been made for me to stand where I am and enjoy the freedoms I have today. The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, dignity, and to our many men and women who fight to keep that flag flying high. It is always important to pay tribute and respect for those who relinquish their own freedoms to ensure our nation remains strong and free."Several Redstone organizations and affiliates responded to assist the school's JROTC program. These include the Garrison, Sergeants Major Association and Troop 96, Scouting BSA led by scout master Mary Breeden. These groups expressed their willingness to provide flag etiquette training and other mentoring opportunities to support the cadets.Breeden, relocation readiness program manager at Army Community Service, said she was eager to help the JROTC team."I'm very patriotic myself, so I was very eager to help out," Breeden said. "We collect distressed flags. Our troop recently retired 708 flags in August. I know many military organizations that would love to work with this group on sharing information and donating flags to them. I am glad that they are taking the lead."Breeden said she provided the cadets a flyer used to tell people about flag etiquette. One of her scouts will help provide flag training as an Eagle Scout project.
Huh said the JROTC program instills within students a sense of leadership, selfless service and honor. He said military service members have helped shape him into the person that he is today. His mother, Valerie Huh, was a cadet commander in her JROTC program during high school and received a ROTC scholarship to Texas Christian University. His father, Col. Beaver Huh of Redstone, attended the U.S. Military Academy."My father is an immigrant from South Korea and a great example of the American dream -- he's my hero," Huh said. "He arrived in the U.S. at the age of 3 and he and his family faced some intense hardships. He secured himself a future within West Point, and has brought me up in a nation of enduring freedom and opportunities. I also want to make a positive difference in my community."Huh said his future plans include military service. He wants to become a commissioned officer through one of the service academies. He also wants to continue bringing awareness to flag etiquette."Under the guidance of my past and present aerospace science instructors, I feel confident in my ability to lead and educate others on what it takes to become a productive leader," he said. "I have an ethical obligation to inspire others to respect our nation's colors."