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E. J. Ourso College Gets Early Present from Abroad

12/04/2012 10:11 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business received an unexpected surprise from a familiar face. U.S. Army Sergeant Andrea Huff, who is serving in the U.S. Army overseas, sent the college a framed American flag that was flown in a helicopter while in flight over Afghanistan. During the college’s 2012 spring diploma ceremony, Huff was brought onstage and reunited with her younger sister, Ariana Huff, who was graduating. It was a shock to the entire Huff family, who had not seen Andrea since the previous Christmas and was not expecting her to be there.

In addition to the American flag, the frame sent by Huff contains two Operation Enduring Freedom medallions, an LSU patch and the following proclamation:

“This flag, presented to the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, at the request of Sgt. Andrea R. Huff, was flown over Afghanistan in a UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter during Operation Enduring Freedom. Flown by Alpha Company 2-25th Aviation Regt “Blackjacks” on the 14th day of July 2012, from 2100-0330 local time.”

The declaration is signed by the Blackhawk crew, consisting of Pilot-in-Command Chief Warrant Officer Kenley Kirkland, Pilot Chief Warrant Officer Jonas Courneya, Crew Chief Specialist Samuel Mixon and Door Gunner Specialist James Gill.

According to E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr., the gift will be given an appropriate home at the college.

“This is just really, really special,” White said. “It was great that we were able to give Sgt. Huff and her family such a wonderful experience at our diploma ceremony, and we are honored that she has done this for the college.”

Huff’s journey in May 2012 from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Baton Rouge was not an easy one. The trek covered more than 8,600 miles and included an unscheduled return to Germany at one point because of mechanical issues. To read the full story of Huff’s journey to surprise her sister, visit

As Louisiana’s leading business school, the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has been recognized nationally and internationally for programs that promote entrepreneurship, stimulate economic development and set the standard for internal audit programs. The college partners with higher education institutions and corporate enterprises globally to ensure it is on the cutting edge of business education. This allows the college to improve students’ communication skills, leadership skills, teamwork skills and technical skills in their respective disciplines.

E. J. Ourso College of Business