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Flags ordered at half-staff for fallen Vail service member

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 19:17:35-05

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that state flags be lowered to half-staff to honor a fallen service member from Vail.

Army specialist Robert W. Jones, 21, died Saturday while serving in Kosovo. He was a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade and was based in Germany and handled service dogs.

After joining the Army in 2015, Jones attended basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, then trained at Joint Base San Antonio before joining the 18th in April 2016.

Flags will be at half-staff Wednesday from sunrise to sunset, as well as the day he is interned, which has yet to be determined.

"Our state's deepest condolences, prayers and sympathies are with Specialist Jones's family and loved ones," said Governor Ducey, in a statement. "We mourn the loss of this brave young soldier at just 21 years old, serving in the NATO force in Kosovo. We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice in defense of America and our freedoms."