A U.S. Army soldier from Watkinsville waves the UGA flag at his base in Kuwait

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When the University of Georgia Bulldogs won the national championship on January 10, a flag with the large “G” emblem was flown in celebration in the faraway country of Kuwait.

US Army Circuit. Trevor Mattox, a 2015 graduate of North Oconee High School, was deployed to Kuwait in December, and he took the flag with him in hopes the Dawgs would claim the title.

Mattox, the son of Doug and Sherry Mattox of Watkinsville, followed the action of the game online and by texting his father.

“He was frustrated because they didn’t have anything scheduled to watch the game, but he was able to upload it and his supervisor let him off for a bit to watch,” Doug Mattox said Friday.

“There was a lot of excitement for the game and everyone wanted to see it,” said Mattox, who also served in the military and was stationed in Kuwait in 2003.

“I remember when I was there, we had a television. We convinced the general to buy us a television,” said Mattox, who was a member of the unit that set up the base in Kuwait.

“I was one of those who set up the base where it is – I didn’t expect my son to be there,” he said.

Almost 20 years after his father watched UGA play in a bowling match in Kuwait, his son was able to hoist the G flag after a national championship victory.

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