BJ 11-16

Flags at Half Staff

WHEREAS,       According to most recent news accounts, a U.S. Military helicopter was downed in Wardak Province, in eastern Afghanistan, by Afghan insurgents, killing thirty service members including many Navy SEALs; and
WHEREAS,       those who tragically lost their lives were on a mission to rescue a team of military personnel; and
WHEREAS,       these service members dedicated their lives to defending freedom for all Americans and their memory will live on in the hearts of a grateful nation, their families, friends, and fellow service members; and
WHEREAS,       Among those killed, according to news accounts, were two Louisiana residents and Navy SEALs, Lieutenant Commander Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, both of Shreveport, Louisiana;
WHEREAS,       Lieutenant Commander Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Reeves were ambitious and courageous men who loved their country and the military; and
WHEREAS,       the patriotism, dedicated service, and ultimate sacrifice of these service members, including Lieutenant Commander Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Reeves, in defense of their country and freedom of all Americans make it appropriate and fitting for the State of Louisiana to remember them and their families, to mark their passing, and to honor their memory;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:      As an expression of respect for the service members who died in the tragic helicopter crash on Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Wardak Province, including Louisianians Lieutenant Commander Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, effective immediately, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half staff over the State Capitol and all public building and institutions of the State of Louisiana until sunset on Friday, August 12, 2011.
SECTION 2:      This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Friday, August 12, 2011, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded prior to that date.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 8th day of August, 2011.

Bobby Jindal

Tom Schedler
Secretary of State