Governor orders flags to half-staff Friday to honor local heroes

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, June 14, in honor of three New Yorkers who died in Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan on June 8.

Killed were Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, an Albany native, civilian law enforcement training contractor Joseph Morabito, of Haines Falls in Greene County, and Major Jaimie Leonard, of Warrick.

The two soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the deaths of this woman and these men who gave their lives for our country,” Governor Cuomo said.” We extend our condolences to their friends, families and fellow Soldiers. We will remember them and honor their service.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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