Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fort Campbell Soldiers
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of three Fort Campbell soldiers who died in the line of duty.
According to the Department of Defense, the soldiers, who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, died from wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Bayji, Iraq. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.
Killed were Sgt. Eric J. Hernandez, 26, of Waldwick, N.J., who died Dec. 4 in Bayji, Iraq; Pvt. Dewayne L. White, 27, of Country Club Hills, Ill., who died Dec. 4 in Bayji, Iraq; and Capt. Adam P. Snyder, 26, of Fort Pierce, Fla., who died Dec. 5 in Balad, Iraq.
Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of the soldiers’ funerals, for which arrangements are incomplete.
Individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute by lowering flags in honor of these soldiers.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.htm.