Why is the Flag Flying at Half-Staff Today?
GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF FORT BRAGG SOLDIER
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on State government builds to be flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow and through interment in recognition of Spc. Abigail Jenks, a native of Saratoga County, who died Monday following a training exercise at Fort Bragg.
Spc. Abigail Jenks, age 20, died following a Blackhawk helicopter static line jump training exercise at Fort Bragg. The incident is under investigation.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to Spc. Abigail Jenks' family and loved ones," Governor Cuomo said. "We are devastated by her loss and join her fellow soldiers, family and friends in honoring her service to our country."
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York State service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in the line of duty or die in a combat zone.