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Flags will fly at half staff to honor fallen Fort Drum soldier

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Flags in front of state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor a fallen Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 2:13 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Flags in front of state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor a fallen Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, died in a non-combat incident at Bagram Airfield. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the incident is under investigation.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to Spc. Branden Kimball's loved ones," Cuomo said. "We are devastated by his loss and join his fellow soldiers, his family, and his friends in honoring his service to our nation. His death is a reminder of the sacrifices members of the military make to protect the freedoms and the values that this state and this nation were founded upon."

Kimball was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

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