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Flags Lowered To Honor Ohio Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

J. Stephen Conn

Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered flags in parts of the state lowered to half-staff to honor an Ohio soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says that 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Kreischer, of Stryker in northwestern Williams County, died Monday from "wounds sustained in a combat related incident" in southern Afghanistan.

DeWine on Wednesday ordered U.S. and Ohio flags flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds throughout Williams County and at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center and the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

The order is effective until sunset the day of Kreischer's funeral. Details about when the funeral will be haven't been announced.

Chicago native Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, also died as a result of the incident. Pentagon spokesperson Jessica R. Maxwell says the incident is under investigation.

Kreischer was assigned to the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, N.C.