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

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 10, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in honor of Navy Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter. 

According to the Department of Defense, Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, died April 6 from enemy action while conducting combat operations near Kirkuk, Iraq.  He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eleven, Whidbey Island, Wash.

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of Army Spc. William G. Bowling, of Beattyville, and Cpl. Joseph H. Cantrell IV, of Ashland.  Flags will remain at half-staff in honor of Bowling until sunset on Wednesday, April 11, the day of his funeral.  Flags will remain at half-staff in honor of Cantrell and Billiter until sunset on the day of their respective funerals.  Arrangements have not yet been determined.

Updated flag status and funeral information is available at  Click on the “Flag Status” icon on the right side of the Web site.