Half-Staff Alert for March 23, 2017
For New Mexico
Only

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Santa Fe, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Captain Frederick Dellecker.

In the coming days, the Governor will also call for flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of his fellow crewmates, Major Andrew Becker and Captain Kenneth Dalga. In their memory, flags in New Mexico will fly at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

The full text of the executive order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-007 FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF U. S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN FREDERICK DELLECKER

WHEREAS, U.S. Air Force Captain Frederick Dellecker was killed in the line of duty along with Major Becker and Captain Dalga on March 14, 2017, when their U-28A aircraft crashed near Cannon Air Force Base;

WHEREAS, Captain Frederick Dellecker earned his commission as an Air Force officer by graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado;

WHEREAS, After earning his aviation wings at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, he joined the Air Force special operations aviation community at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida, and was later assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base;

WHEREAS, Captain Dellecker was posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain;

WHEREAS, Captain Dellecker was a native of Daytona Beach, Florida and is survived by his parents William and Karen, and his brother William;

WHEREAS, Captain Dellecker's sacrifice reminds all of us how the members of our U. S. Armed Forces face danger every day to keep our country safe and free;

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 Thursday, March 23, 2017. The hearts and prayers of the people of New Mexico go out to his family and fellow service members in memory of his service and sacrifice.

SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 22nd DAY OF MARCH, 2017.

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

SUSANA MARTINEZ GOVERNOR




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