College Flag Brings Welcome Touch of Home to Alumni Serviceman

Sgt. Peter J. Cassarly displays college flag.

Sgt. Peter J. Cassarly displays college flag.

A May 2011 graduate’s Penn College Pride has followed him to Afghanistan, where he was recently photographed holding a college flag on the hood of his command vehicle. Army Sgt. Peter J. Cassarly, an alumnus of the residential construction technology and management major, is serving with the Indiana (Pa.)-based 420th Engineering Route Clearance Co. His team’s mission includes locating and neutralizing Improvised Explosive Devices, route reconnaissance and conducting presence patrols. Cassarly emailed the administration several months ago, requesting a Penn College flag for his small combat outpost. He plans to return it – along with official certification that the flag was flown in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – when he returns to Pennsylvania in February.


  1. Britni F says:

    Hooah!!! That is pride right there

    Posted October 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  2. Dennis says:

    Thank you for fighting for our continued protection for what we are and do here in the United States. We will continue to keep all military personnel in our thoughts and prayers. I look forward to seeing that flag along with you back on American soil. God Bless

    Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:48 am
  3. Joann says:

    thank you for serving our country. we are very proud of you and can’t wait to see you and the flag back here in williamsport

    Posted October 5, 2012 at 9:53 am
  4. Erin says:

    Thank you for bringing all new meaning to “Penn College Proud”!! U.S.A!!!

    Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:19 am
  5. Dave Maffett says:

    Hooah Sgt. Cassarly.
    I am very proud of you. Thank You for serving our great nation. A Combat Veteran myself, I know the sacrafices you and your family are enduring. If there is anything you or your unit needs please let me know.
    May God Speed

    1st Sgt. David L. Maffett
    United States Army Reserve
    MP Retired

    Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:45 am
  6. john ripka USN ret says:

    Job well done. Just wanted to let you know we are proud of you and the job you are doing. Be proud and stay safe.

    Posted October 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm
  7. Pete Cassarly says:

    Thanks for the support everyone. We are pretty good with what we need Top (1st Sgt Maffett). Some of us have had a few vfw’s and what not sending us sometime stuff throughout the tour as well as our families. On the down hill slide now, so hopefully it goes quick! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    Posted October 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

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