Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Bill Walker is ordering for half-staff flags in honor of a Wasilla man that died in service to his country while deployed in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Brabander, age 24 of Wasilla, died while deployed in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan when his vehicle overturned in a combat zone. Staff Sergeant Brabander was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
“Staff Sergeant David Brabander died in service to his country, fellow Alaskans and his family,” Governor Walker said. “When a soldier is deployed, his loved ones are enlisted for an emotional journey. I urge Alaskans to support David’s friends and family during this incredibly difficult time. Byron, Toni, Donna and I are holding them in our prayers.”
Governor Walker has ordered that U.S. and Alaska flags be lowered to half-staff immediately. Flags should return to full staff at sunset on Friday, December 15.