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News | July 30, 2018

Embroiderer recognized for 26 years of flag making at DLA Troop Support

By Jason Kaneshiro DLA Troop Support Public Affairs

The supervisor of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s flag room, the only maker of the presidential and vice presidential flags, was honored for her service during a retirement ceremony July 26.

Hue Nguyen retired after 26 years working in the production of flags the agency provides, which also includes flags for military units.

Richard Ellis, DLA Troop Support deputy commander, presided over the ceremony and thanked Nguyen for her dedication to excellence.

“The flags and guidons that you ensured were delivered with no flaws are carried today by our warfighters, service academies and ROTC programs, and by units around the world and in our nation’s capital in the highest office of the land,” Ellis said.

The flags of the president and the vice president of the United States are embroidered by hand and each flag takes two embroiderers 45 days to produce.

The work that’s done in the flag room is a symbol of this country and the flags they make are a “national treasure,” Ellis said.

“The products of your labor will wave proudly in the years to come, and I think it’s important to see what you’ve accomplished within that context,” Ellis said. “For that we are truly grateful.”

Nguyen started at DLA Troop Support in 1992 as a sewing machine operator and earned her position as flag room supervisor in 2013.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to support the warfighter for 26 years,” Nguyen said. “I’m really proud of my job.”

Nguyen thanked her coworkers in the flag room for making her job enjoyable.

“It’s been a pleasure working with everyone,” Nguyen said. “Thank you from my heart.”

Nguyen’s retirement plans include travelling and moving to Seattle to live closer to her family there.