On Sunday, 29 Jan 17, a military convoy with a vehicle flying a “Trump” flag was spotted driving through Louisville, Kentucky. Video was also taken of the vehicles, especially the numbers on the trucks.
Chris Rowzee, a spokeswoman for IndivisibleKY, said she was “disturbed” to see the flag on a military vehicle.
“To show a partisan political leaning on a military vehicle is very reminiscent of Nazi Germany,” she said, as quoted by the Courier-Journal.
Defense Department spokesman Maj. Jamie Davis said that it would violate regulations to fly that flag on a military vehicle.
“That is not standard procedure,” he said as quoted in the report.
Davis said it would also violate regulations to run a military convoy with no unit markings on the vehicles, and said he did not think the vehicles belonged to any service branch. Per the report, he suggested that they were military surplus.
According to the story at Talking Points Memo, the Army denied the vehicles were theirs as no unit flag was flying. Tracey Metcalf, a spokesman for Ft Knox said the vehicles were not theirs. Maj. Stephen Martin from the National Guard said that the vehicles are not theirs either.
After the video was posted by IndivisibleKY, ABC news found that the vehicles belonged to a Navy Seal unit.
The vehicles did not have any identifiable markings and the mystery deepened when local military bases in Kentucky said that the vehicles did not belong to their units.
“The convoy were service members assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit driving vehicles while transiting between two training locations,” Lieutenant Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, told ABC News. Naval Special Warfare Units is the official Navy term for its elite SEAL special operations teams.
The spokesperson said that a command inquiry has been initiated to determine what flag was being flown by the vehicle in the convoy.
“Defense Department and Navy regulations prescribe flags and pennants that may be displayed as well as the manner of display,” said Maxwell. “The flag shown in the video was unauthorized.”
Some Navy Seals or support personnel need to be reminded for whom they serve and the oath they took to protect and defend the Constitution of the Untied States, not some guy sitting in the White House. That guy in the White House also needs to be reminded to whom he serves. They serve at the discretion of the People of the United States.
That is why partisan symbols are not allowed on military property. Patriotism is not limited to a specific political party. Put up an American flag all Americans can get behind or put up a unit flag the seals can get behind, but don’t put up a partisan flag with a political phrase on it. Come on Seals, you can do better.