Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher directs flags at state office buildings be lowered to half-staff

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Kentucky National Guardsman killed in Iraq

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Staff Sergeant William A. Allers III, of Leitchfield. Staff Sergeant Allers lost his life on Tuesday, September 20, in Iraq.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Staff Sergeant Allers.  He paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Iraq," said Governor Fletcher.  "We have truly lost a valiant man – one of the commonwealth's finest."

Allers was a Kentucky Army National Guardsman assigned to the 617th Military Police Company, based in Richmond with a detachment in Bowling Green. Allers was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb during a patrol.

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Staff Sergeant Allers' funeral.

"The First Lady and I will keep the Allers family – and all the soldiers in Iraq – in our prayers during this difficult time," Governor Fletcher said.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the incident.  They have both been transported to Landstuhl, Germany for treatment of their injuries. 

There are currently 1,600 Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen mobilized in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.