Thursday, October 8, 2009
NY – Sergeant Aaron Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 6, 2009
GOVERNOR PATERSON DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF
Governor David A. Paterson has directed that the flags at New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in honor of a Fort Drum Soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 2, 2009.
Sergeant Aaron Smith of Manhattan, Kansas, was killed in Wardak Province when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Sergeant Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment of 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Drum.
“On behalf all citizens of New York I extend our condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Sergeant Smith,” Governor Paterson said. “We mourn his death but we celebrate his service to our country. While he was not a native New Yorker, we consider all soldiers stationed at Fort Drum to be fellow citizens of this great State.”
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the State's service members who are killed in action or die in a combat theater.