In honor of Army Sergeant Michael D. Kirspel, Jr. who died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan on October 27, 2010 when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
Sergeant Kirspel was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery (Strike), 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, NY.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers I wish to extend our sympathy to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Sergeant Kirspel," Governor Paterson said. "Though not a native New Yorker, we consider all those who serve at Fort Drum to be part of our New York family. We will honor his service and his dedication to duty while we grieve.”