Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Bill Walker today ordered that United States and Alaska flags be immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau.
This comes as a response to a helicopter crash that happened on October 28th in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
Gov Walker had this to say in his press release, “Chief Warrant Officer Sims and his family made the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. Byron, Toni, Donna and I are holding his parents, his wife and his children in our daily prayers. While our state and our country lost a dedicated soldier, they lost their son, husband and father. Our military service members put themselves on the line in defense of the values we hold dear. We owe them a debt of gratitude.”
The order to fly US and Alaska flags at half-staff is effective immediately. Flags should be returned to full staff at sunset on November 2nd.