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.