On Flag Day, Walter Huffman shares honorable history of the two U.S. flags in his office.
The Star-Spangled Banner. Old Glory. The Stars and Stripes. The American flag. It's a respected and revered symbol of the United States. For many, the flag evokes powerful memories and emotions.
For Texas Tech School of Law Dean Emeritus Walter Huffman the flag reminds him of his time as a soldier in Vietnam, as chief legal advisor for the Army Major Command in Operation Desert Storm and his time serving as the Army's Judge Advocate General.
"The flag is very important to me," said Huffman. "It reminds me of my own career and some of the wonderful people I've met, things that I've done, and some of the heroism I've seen."
Huffman served in two wars, two decades apart, and on two different continents: first as a field artillery battery commander in Vietnam and then as senior legal advisor for the Army Major Command in Operation Desert Storm.
"I think those who have been to war have a different outlook on the flag," said Huffman. "When you see the American flag it reminds you, as a soldier, the values, the duty and the responsibilities of why you fight."
In 1997, Huffman was named the 35th Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the United States Army. In this role, he was the senior legal officer for the Army, and held this position until his retirement in 2001.
He then returned to his alma mater to join the faculty and become Dean of the Texas Tech School of Law until 2010.
"I got to do some very unique things for a west Texas kid," said Huffman. "I've been very fortunate in my professional career. Got to do things I've enjoyed doing. Meet a lot of interesting people, seen interesting places. But there is no other place like America. That's what that flag represents. This is the greatest country in the world."