Kitzhaber orders flags at half-staff in memory of soldier

Kitzhaber orders flags at half-staff in memory of soldier

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Nov. 19 in honor of Captain James Nehl.

“CPT Nehl was a dedicated leader serving his country,” Kitzhaber said in a press release. “His commitment to his nation is inspiring, yet his death is a tragic loss and a reminder of the burden our military and their families continue to bear. He will be missed, and I ask that all Oregonians pause this Monday to honor his sacrifice.”

Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore., died Nov. 9 while conducting combat operations in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas.