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

Press Release Date:  Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Pfc. Theodore M. West.

According to the Department of Defense, West, 23, of Richmond, died November 29 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.  West was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas.

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of West’s funeral.  Arrangements have not yet been determined.