Half-Staff Alert for October 26, 2015
For New Mexico Only


Santa Fe, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, October 26, 2015, in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Major Phyllis Pelky.

"Our hearts are broken by the loss of a dedicated Air Force officer and former educator," said Governor Martinez. "Major Pelky gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to her country, and I've ordered flags throughout the state to fly at half-staff to commemorate her memory. Major Pelky's passing stands as a solemn chapter in the long legacy of New Mexicans who have answered the call to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces."

The text of the executive order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2015-019
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR PHYLLIS PELKY


WHEREAS, U.S. Air Force Major Phyllis Pelky died on October 11, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan, while serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel; and

WHEREAS, Major Pelky was most recently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she served as aide-de-camp to the superintendent; and

WHEREAS, Major Pelky also previously served her community teaching humanities at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, Major Pelky dedicated her career to serving her country and community, both as an educator and U.S. Air Force officer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New Mexico, do hereby order that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, October 26, 2015, the day Major Pelky is laid to rest, in honor and mourning of her service and sacrifice. The thoughts and prayers of the people of New Mexico go out to Major Pelky's family, along with our heartfelt gratitude for her service.

SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 23rd DAY OF OCTOBER 2015

WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.

SUSANA MARTINEZ
GOVERNOR

ATTEST:

MARY QUINTANA
ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE






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