Melrose–Snow was piling up outside late afternoon on Dec. 27, but there was a warm, cozy feeling inside Rahn’s Oil & Propane in Melrose.

Lisa Rahn, owner of Rahn’s Oil with husband Dave, was completely surprised with a heart-warming gift. 

For support of the military men and women, Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jay Field presented the Melrose business owner with a flag flown on an AC-13OU Spooky Gunship on a combat mission over Afghanistan on Feb. 2, 2018, by men and women of the 4th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component. Jay Field is the husband of Melrose native Kiki Revermann, whose dad, Ralph, works at Rahn’s Oil. 

The Fields, including children, Jaxon Field and Ava and Wyatt Revermann, who live near Pensacola, Florida, were visiting family. In the Air Force, Jay is a radar specialist, flying on missions in Afghanistan. Kiki works for the Air Force as a training manager.  

So how did this support of the military occur?  

“I mentioned to Lisa I was going to send a care package for Jay’s crew in Afghanistan. Lisa asked if she could help. So instead of a small package we sent a big care package for the whole crew with things like nuts, licorice, jerky, stuff they can’t get over there since they are in a dessert,” Ralph Revermann explained. 

During the flag presentation, Jay Field said, “It definitely means a lot to the service members to get stuff from home. In the job corps, I was working long days, long nights. All these treats go a long ways to keep us awake.” 

He said gifting the Rahns with a flag and certificate was a way to say thanks for the support. 

 “This is wonderful,” said an emotion-filled Lisa Rahn, as she hugged Jay Field, while employees, including Kiki’s dad, watched.

 “Thank you Jay, for serving our country from all of us,” Lisa concluded.