Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset tomorrow, December 20, 2013, in honor of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Two Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona.
CW2 Silverman was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when he and five other soldiers died in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan. He had been assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.
The Governor will again order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on the day of CW2 Silverman's interment. Arrangements are still pending.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has ordered that flags at city buildings be lowered as well. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.