Flags to be Flown Half-Staff Friday for Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers

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Half-Staff Flag

August 27, 2008

LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today ordered United States flags throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters lowered for one day on Friday, August 29, 2008, in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers of Sturgis who died August 16 in Korengal, Afghanistan, while on active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Flags should return to full-staff on Saturday, August 30.

Staff Sgt. Rodgers, age 29, died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Under Section 7 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code, 4 USC 7, Governor Granholm, in December 2003, issued a proclamation requiring United States flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan and on Michigan waters to honor Michigan servicemen and servicewomen killed in the line of duty.  Procedures for flag lowering were detailed by Governor Granholm in Executive Order 2006-10 and included in federal law under the Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-41).

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

When a member of the armed services from Michigan is killed in action, the governor will issue a press release with information about the individual(s) and the day that has been designated for flags to be lowered in his or her honor.  The information will also be posted on Governor Granholm's Website at www.michigan.gov/gov in the section titled "Spotlight."

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