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DeWine Orders Flags at Half Mast in Fairfield County Because of Lost Soldier


(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings and grounds in Fairfield County and at the Ohio Statehouse in honor of Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster. Spc. Collette was killed yesterday in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Governor DeWine ordered that the flags remain lowered until sunset on the date of Spc. Collette’s funeral.

Spc. Joseph P. Collette was a husband and a father. Flags under DeWines orders will be flown at half mast until sunset of the day of his funeral.

Governor DeWine also issued the following statement:

“Fran and I offer our deepest condolences to Spc. Joseph Collette’s family and to his fellow soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. Ohio is proud of Spc. Collette’s service and will never forget his sacrifice.”

A second soldier also lost his life with Collette.  Green Beret SFC Will D. Linseay, who also died of wounds while engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan.


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