Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 1, 2014, in honor of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner, who died this past Monday in Afghanistan.

Command Sgt. Major Turner died on Monday, November 24 from wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a vehicle-borne IED in Kabul. Turner, a resident of Nanticoke, Maryland, was assigned to the Headquarters, United States Army Garrison at Fort Drum in New York.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner," Governor Cuomo said. "We join with them in mourning the loss of Command Sgt. Major Turner and in honoring his heroism, leadership, and dedication to this great nation."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our State's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

*Effective: Beginning of Business, Monday, December 1, 2014*

*Return to Full Staff: Sunset, Monday, December 1, 2014*