Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, June 30, in honor of Army Specialist Blair D. Thompson, a Rome resident who died in Konar Province, Afghanistan on June 25.
Specialist Thompson was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) which is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our condolences to the friends, family and fellow soldiers of Specialist Thompson,” Governor Paterson said. “We join them in grieving the death of this fine young soldier, but we will never forget his sacrifice for our nation and we will honor his memory and his service.”
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor and tribute to our State’s service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.