Thursday, September 17, 2015

Governor orders flags to half-staff Friday

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of an Air Force officer from Kentucky who died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. Capt. Roland was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Roland was the 44th Kentuckian killed in Afghanistan since October 2001. To date, there have been 2,363 Americans killed in the war-torn country.

Interment services for Capt. Roland will be held Friday at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.