US and NC Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Fort Bragg Paratroopers Killed in Afghanistan

Zebulon NC Municipal Complex flags flying at half staff. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2017
Zebulon NC Municipal Complex flags flying at half staff. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2017

The morning of Monday, January 13, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an order for all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff.

Flags have been lowered in honor of US Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin of Virginia and Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon of Illinois, who lost their lives while conducting combat operations on Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. McLaughlin and Pfc. Villalon were both paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, NC.

McLaughlin, who joined the Army in 2012 and served as a squad leader, is survived by his wife and four children.

Villalon, who joined the Army in 2018 as a combat engineer and was on his first deployment, is survived by his mother and father.

Flags are to remain at halfstaff through sunset on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Said Governor Roy Cooper:

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of two brave paratroopers in Afghanistan. To honor their memories, I order the flags to half staff.”

As a show of respect, individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.


Source: NC Department of Administration


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