Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Friday, July 8 in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on July 1.
Private 1st Class James A. Waters died of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Private 1st Class Waters was from Cloverdale, Indiana.
"I join with the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Private 1st Class Waters in mourning his passing," Governor Cuomo said. "Private 1st Class Waters made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We will honor his memory and continue to hold the brave men and women based at Fort Drum in the highest regard for their dedication to keeping America safe and protecting freedom around the world."