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

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Kentucky National Guardsman Pfc. Sammie E. Phillips died in Iraq

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain lowered to half-staff in honor of a Kentucky National Guard Soldier, Private First Class Sammie E. Phillips of Vine Grove.

Phillips was killed on Monday, Sept. 10, when his vehicle overturned while conducting a traffic control mission on a highway near Rustamiyah, Iraq.  Phillips, 19, was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle, Ky. 

“The death of Pfc. Phillips is a tragedy for all of Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “The First Lady and I mourn the loss of Pfc. Phillips, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of this fine young man.  Like so many others of his generation, he bravely chose to serve his nation and the Commonwealth.  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 Phillips’ funeral. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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

Flags are currently flying at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Delmar White, who was killed on Sunday, Sept. 2, by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.  Flags will remain lowered in honor of Staff Sgt. White through sundown on Friday, Sept. 14. 

Flags are also lowered through sunset today in memory of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Flag status information is available at  The Web site includes an XML feed subscription link for real-time updates.