Staff Sgt. James Michael Mikulek, a Green Beret who has served five deployments in Iraq, recently sent his mother, Edwina White of Waxahachie, an American flag.

It’s not just any American flag, but one that flew over Mikulek’s duty station, the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force Compound in Baghdad, during Operation Iraqi Freedom on July 4, 2007. The flag was presented by the men of Charlie Company, First Battalion, First Special Forces Group Airborne.

“James has been in Special Forces for three years,” White said. “We never knew where he was or where he was going.”

Mikulek, a weapons specialist with his group, went straight into the Army in 2000, immediately after he graduated from Skyline High School.

White said her son has been to Iran, and he and his group have been engaged in building projects to improve the infrastructure in Baghdad.

“I’m extremely proud of my son. He has always known what he wanted to do,” White said, noting he had shown an interest in the military for a long time before he enlisted.

“He is a good father, a good son and a good husband, and he believes very strongly in what he is doing,” she said.