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Why are flags at half-staff today, Sept. 7, 2018

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin

Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 7, 2018 for the interment of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor J. Galvin who passed away from injuries he received when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, Iraq.

Galvin was a member of an elite special operations unit and had deployed nine times in support of the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement.

It said he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 160th, known as the Night Stalkers, specializes in night operations and has been heavily engaged in wars in the Middle East since 2001.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

"As a brave soldier, he made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his country. We mourn his loss and remain grateful for his service,” said Ducey in a tweet Friday morning.

by Doug Ducey

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