PITTSBURGH - CONSOL Energy Vice President of West Virginia Operations Kent Wright accepted a flag flown on a military mission over Afghanistan during a brief ceremony at the Jane Lew office, earlier this month. Wright accepted the flag following a morning safety meeting and expressed his appreciation for the presentation on behalf of all CONSOL Gas employees.
Chief Master Sgt. Fred Turner, whose wife, Michele, works for CONSOL Energy, presented the flag which was flown aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130H aircraft on a combat mission Oct. 4. That mission was conducted with a crew of all West Virginians as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Wright thanked Turner for his service to the United States.
PRESENTING — CONSOL Energy Vice President of West Virginia Operations Kent Wright, center, accepts a flag flown on a military mission in Afghanistan from Chief Master Sgt. Fred Turner, right, to be displayed at the company’s Jane Lew office. Turner’s wife, Michele, left, is an employee of CONSOL Energy at the CONSOL Gas office at Jane Lew.
"America's national security is something many of us take for granted, but your willingness to sacrifice your time and energy to serve with the other brave soldiers who make up the 130th Airlift Wing stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan is most appreciated," Wright told Turner. "I know that that sacrifice includes time spent away from your beautiful family, including your wife, Michele, who works here with us in Jane Lew, your two young daughters, Erin and Morgan; and your grown daughter, Grace."
Turner has been in the Air Force/Air National Guard for more than 30 years and grew up in an Air Force family.
In addition to the flag, a certificate noting the significance of the flag was also a part of the display case presented to CONSOL Energy. The certificate was signed by Maj. Bryan Preece, aircraft commander; 1st Lt. Jeremy Mullins, co-pilot; Maj. Timothy Mewes, navigator; Chief Master Sgt. David Boyles, loadmaster; Master Sgt. Scott Johnson, loadmaster; and Master Sgt. Shawn Hardesty, flight engineer.
"The flag you have presented to us today will be proudly displayed here in the Jane Lew office and will serve as a reminder to all of us as to what it means to be able to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy as Americans each and every day," Wright said. "That freedom is due in large part to the service you and others provide and have provided to our country and your fellow Americans."
CONSOL Energy, the leading diversified coal and gas producer in the Appalachian Basin, is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It was recently named one of the "Top 100 Most Trustworthy" companies for 2010 by Forbes.
At year-end 2009, it had 11 bituminous coal mining complexes in six states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.5 billion tons.
It is also the leading Appalachian gas producer, with proved reserves of 2.9 trillion cubic feet.
Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its website www.consolenergy.com/.