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

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 26, 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 Staff Sgt. Jonathon Lee Martin.

According to the Department of Defense, Martin, 33, of Bellevue, Ohio, died November 22 in Regensberg, Germany, of injuries suffered November 9 in Jisr Naft, Iraq, when his vehicle encountered an IED.  He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Martin’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 Martin.

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of Capt. Benjamin D. Tiffner, 31, of West Virginia, who 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.  Tiffner’s interment is December 4 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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