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

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 27, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Kentucky National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes died in Afghan firefight

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Carnes, 25, of Ludlow.

Carnes, a native of Dayton, Ky., was killed on Sunday by small arms fire during a firefight in the village of Lewanne Bazaar, Afghanistan.  Carnes was assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carrollton.  Carnes deployed with his unit in March of this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“The First Lady and I mourn the loss of Staff Sgt. Carnes, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family,” said Governor Fletcher. “Staff Sgt. Carnes bravely chose to serve his country, and we honor him for his valor. His actions will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Carnes’ funeral. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute by lowering flags in honor of Carnes.

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