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Gov. Parkinson orders flags to half-staff for soldier killed in Afghanistan

October 28, 2010


Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has directed flags be flown at half-staff Friday throughout Kansas in honor of Army Spc. Tom Moffitt of Wichita, who died Sunday in Afghanistan.

“On behalf of all Kansans, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Specialist Moffitt,” Parkinson said. “His willingness to answer the highest call of duty and make the ultimate sacrifice for his country will never be forgotten.”

Moffitt, 21, died from wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the Department of Defense. The attack occurred in the Sarobi district of the Paktika Province in southeastern Afghanistan.

Parkinson ordered flags flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown Friday.

A memorial service for Moffitt is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Community Church in Wichita. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, John and Brenda Moffitt, and an older brother, Jake, a Kansas University student.


BalkansHawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Tough deal. I am having a little trouble coming up with the right things to say. What the people of the United States have to understand, whether or not they believe in the two wars we have been fighting for the last 9 years, is that our soldiers go into harms way because that is what they are asked to do, and what they are trained to do. God bless you SPC Moffitt. You went above and beyond the call of duty. To your family, I am sorry for your loss. Your family has just gotten bigger, not smaller. Every soldier that is still alive, and all of those that have passed along the way, are a part of your family.

Janis Pool 7 years, 5 months ago

That was the perfect thing to say.
My heart goes out to the family and to the soldiers in his unit.

dinoman 7 years, 5 months ago

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alfieriley 7 years, 5 months ago


i highly suggest you check your facts next time you feel like dishonoring a soldier that fights for your freedom and his family that mourns him. The flag is flown at half mast in KS EVERY time a KS soldier falls in battle. I am proud our state would do this for ANY AND ALL of our soldiers. It is upsetting that you feel like it should only be done when a politician dies. and to the comment " he knew what he was getting into".....WOW!!!! you should be ashamed of yourself, that comment disrespects EVERY SOLDIER of this great country. that comments suggests that those who join do not matter. EVERY soldier matters. you can simply do a google search and find many states fly their flags half mast for the soldiers. i hope your not upset by my comment because "you knew what you were getting into"

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