Half-Staff Alert for October 22, 2015
For Michigan Only

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Oct. 22, in honor of Department of Natural Resources conservation officer First Lt. Arthur Green III. F/Lt. Green died in a single-engine plane crash August 9 while en route to a DNR meeting in northern Michigan. The flag honoring date was selected in consultation with the Green family.

“First Lieutenant Green dedicated an entire life of service to the state of Michigan, protecting its residents and natural resources,” Snyder said. “He truly exemplified public service and his death is a tragic loss for the entire state of Michigan. His family, friends and colleagues remain in my prayers.”

F/Lt. Green, 58, was a nearly 20-year veteran officer of the DNR, serving as supervisor of the southeast district covering Wayne, Oakland, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb and St. Clair counties. Most recently, Green helped to secure a smooth transition of Belle Isle Park to DNR management.

Prior to joining the DNR, Green was a Detroit police officer and had also served in the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard, including two tours in Kuwait, before retiring in 2004. He resided in Farmington Hills and is survived by his wife, two sons and three grandchildren.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection and ensure recreational safety, as well as provide general law enforcement duties in the communities they serve. Conservation officers are assigned to every county of the state, doing regular patrols and responding to law enforcement needs. Conservation officers are also first responders to a variety of natural disasters and emergencies.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Oct. 23.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

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