Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Kentucky Guardsman

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

David Altom

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jason Jones, of Lawrenceburg, Ky.  Sergeant 1st Class Jones died Wednesday, September 20 in Baghdad, Iraq.  His death has been classified as non-combat related.

Jones was assigned to the 149th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters (pronounced 149th BCT).  The unit, comprised of 50 soldiers, deployed to Iraq earlier this year.  Jones’ father, Col. Charles T. Jones, is commander of the 149th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters.  Col. Jones was serving in Tikrit, Iraq at the time of his son’s death.

“This is a terrible loss for the Kentucky Guard and for the citizens of the commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher.  “It is especially heartbreaking for the family of Sgt. 1st Class Jones.  I personally met with his father, Col. Charlie Jones, prior to their deployment and as a parent I can only imagine the grief he and his wife feel with the loss of a son.  The First Lady and I pray for Col. Jones and his entire family, in hope that they find the strength to get through this trying time in their lives.”

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Sgt. 1st Class Jones’ funeral, the date of which has yet to be determined.

Jones is the twelfth member of the Kentucky National Guard to die in the Global War on Terror.  His is the first non-combat related death for the Kentucky Guard.