Civilians outraged over National Guard unit flying Anarchist flag on tank in Middle East


National Guard tank crews created quite a media stir after photos of their training mission in Kuwait were released, showing an M1 Abrams flying the Anarchy flag.


In what probably should never have been an issue to begin with, the tank -which belongs to “A” Company of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team’s 4th Battalion- was spotted flying the iconic flag, beloved by a wide group of demographics ranging from edgy 4th graders to punk rock fans and Antifa.

The photos were posted online by the 30th ABCT’s public affairs team on February 4, and soon caught the attention of content creators at The Drive.

Other components of the 30th (which is made up of units from several states, including North and South Carolina, along with West Virginia) were seen naming their tanks with creative monikers, ranging from “Drink Water” to nothing more than a Dairy Queen logo.

In the end, however, there was nothing really controversial to the whole “Anarchy” affair- 30th ABCT Public Affairs Officer LTC Cindi King would later clarify that not only was there no political message involved, but it was a simple matter of naming conventions.

“They are A company – so it is tradition they nickname their lead tank and company after something that starts with ‘A,’” King responded. “There was nothing intended to be disrespectful nor political.”

Alpha Company had lost the battle against the more politically sensitive, however, and were soon found to be nameless.

“They are A company – so it is tradition they nickname their lead tank and company after something that starts with ‘A,’” King responded. “There was nothing intended to be disrespectful nor political.”

Alpha Company had lost the battle against the more politically sensitive, however, and were soon found to be nameless.

“They do not want to appear disrespectful or making any type of statement other than that they are A Company, and this nickname sounds tough,” King continued. “To ensure there is no further misunderstanding or appearance of making any statement- these photos are deleted and the unit is notified that this appears to represent something that it is unintended to. They will proudly continue to fly their state flag and US flag and think of something else that begins with A. We apologize if this sent any type of negative message or appeared disrespectful or offensive. They did not want it to come across as any type of political statement – as it is not. Thank you for allowing us the chance to clarify this.”

When the smoke cleared, it seemed, the only casualty was morale.

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