Originally, Detachment “A” was not permitted have their own colors due to the classified nature of the unit. However, some Detachment ”A” members persisted and eventually were granted the authority to issue colors.
CSM Terry Swofford was the last CSM of Detachment”A”, when it closed its doors 1984. He packed the flag and it remained with him ever since and no one saw it for a long time. He informed Bob Charest that he took possession of the flag. After CSM Swofford passed away, it was missing in action. We knew it was passed along informally but did not where it ended up.
During the course of the Detachment ”A” Memorial Stone project and dedication ceremony General Shachnow stated to Bob Charest who was a member of the project that he wanted to retire the colors at the ceremony. Bob knew this was an essential artifact for the ceremony and immediately initiated a search request to all the Detachment”A” members to locate and secure the missing flag.
SGM Thomas Twomey and LTC Eugene Piasecki simultaneously found the flag at the SFA Chapter 1-18 Team House. Bob Charest contacted MG Sidney Shachnow and informed him where the flag was located and requested that he personally secure the flag. MG Shachnow retrieved the flag and secured it until the day of the Detachment ”A” Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony that took place on 30 January 2014.
During the ceremony, MG Sidney Shachnow and Bob Charest presented the Detachment ”A” flag to LTG Charles Cleveland at the Detachment”A” Memorial Stone dedication. LTG Cleveland announced that the Detachment”A” flag would have a permanent home at USASOC HQ where it now resides.
The week after the ceremony, the flag was officially cased by Eugene Piasecki and SGM George Bequer.