For Alaska Only
Governor Bill Walker today ordered that United States and Alaska flags be immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Brabander, 24, of Wasilla. Staff Sergeant Brabander died on December 11 while deployed in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle overturned in a combat zone. Staff Sergeant Brabander was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
"Staff Sergeant David Brabander died in service to his country, fellow Alaskans and his family," Governor Walker said. "When a soldier is deployed, his loved ones are enlisted for an emotional journey. I urge Alaskans to support David's friends and family during this incredibly difficult time. Byron, Toni, Donna and I are holding them in our prayers."
Governor Walker ordered that U.S. and Alaska flags be lowered to half-staff immediately. Flags should return to full staff at sunset on Friday, December 15.
**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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