Jul 25, 2013 1:22 PM by Faye DeHoff

Gov. Jan Brewer orders flags flown at half staff for fallen soldier

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has ordered flags at all state buildings lowered for a fallen Arizona soldier.

The Governor released this statement:

"On behalf of all Arizonans, I extend my sincerest condolences and prayers for the family of a fallen Arizona soldier and American hero. On Tuesday, United States Army 1st Lieutenant Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Arizona, gave his life in the line of duty. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. Lt. Russell had been assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, and was based at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

"Lt. Russell's death serves as a sobering reminder of the daily perils our heroes in uniform face while carrying out their duties. For knowingly and selflessly accepting these risks in defense of our nation, they deserve our highest respect.

"Let us offer our eternal gratitude to all of our nation's servicemen and women who have fought - and who continue to fight - for our righteous and just cause. Let our support bring reassurance that their service will never be forgotten, their sacrifices never made in vein. Finally, let our prayers bring comfort to the family of Lt. Russell as they cope with the most difficult grief imaginable.

"In honor of 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, I have ordered that flags at all State buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset today, July 25, 2013. Additionally, I have ordered that flags again be lowered on the day of his interment, for which services are pending."


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