VAIL- Robert W. Jones of Vail, 21-years-old, a specialist in the U.S. Army, died on Saturday Jan. 6 while on assignment in Kosovo.
Jones’ cause of death is currently being investigated.
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff at state buildings from sunrise to sunset.
A statement released by Jones’ family reads - “We are in great mourning. This is helping our family and we appreciate that the state of Arizona is honoring Robert this way.”
Jones served as a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade based in Germany.
Kim Middleton, Jones' former English teacher in 12th grade at Cienega High School, remembers a well-rounded and passionate gentleman.
Middleton is now the assistant principal at Cienega High.
"It was very sad to hear of his passing. Robert was a kind-hearted young man. He was very soft-spoken. He was extremely excited about joining the military his senior year and finding his purpose for his life," Middleton said.
Nemer Hassey, Cienega High principal, recalls Jones as a driven and dedicated individual.
"He (Jones) married a Cienega student. They both-- they're graduated. When we heard the news, very sad, trying to figure out what happened," Hassey said.
Jones was actively engaged in the school’s ROTC program, helping out his community and upon graduation, he helped out his country.
Middleton recalls the day last fall when Jones walked through the doors of Cienega High for a visit with teachers and staff.
"He was very proud of the uniform that he was wearing while he was visiting with us so it was absolutely a blow to our Bobcat community,” Middleton said.