Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Honor of Fort Campbell Soldier

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 09, 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 Capt. Benjamin D. Tiffner.

According to the Department of Defense, Tiffner, 31, of West Virginia, died Nov. 7 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when he was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell.

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Capt. Tiffner’s funeral, for which arrangements are incomplete.

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

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of 2nd Lt. Tracy Lynn Alger, 30, of New Auburn, Wis., who died Nov. 1 in Shubayshen, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. She was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.  2nd Lt. Alger’s funeral is Saturday, Nov. 10.

Flags are also currently at half-staff  in honor of Sgt. Louis A. Griese, 30, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., who died Oct. 31 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained north of Samarra when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.  Sgt. Griese’s funeral is Saturday, Nov 10.

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