Topeka – In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Thursday, June 7th in honor of Sergeant Alexander J. Bennett, Specialist Spencer C. Duncan and Chief Warrant Officer Two Bryan J. Nichols. All three men, as well as 27 other Americans, died on August 6, 2011, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They were assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Reserve, New Century, Kansas. According to initial reports, the men died of injuries sustained when their helicopter received enemy rocket-propelled grenade fire and crashed. The thirty service members who were killed in the incident will be honored for their sacrifice in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on June 7th.
Specialist Duncan, 21, was from Olathe. His family resides in Olathe.
Chief Warrant Officer Two Nichols, 31, was from Hays. His family resides in Kansas City, Missouri, and Palco, Kansas.
Sergeant Bennett, 24, was from Olathe. His family resides in Tacoma, Washington and San Antonio, Texas.
“These three Kansans, along with the 27 other Americans, paid the last, ultimate measure of devotion to their duty and to their country. Like the thousands of other brave Americans whose final resting place is in Arlington, we hold these heroes in special esteem. The pages of history will never forget their sacrifice, and neither will the people of Kansas,” said Governor Brownback.