Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on July 12 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Robert J. Traxel. Staff Sgt. Traxel, age 34, of Union, was a soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard serving in support of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012. He died on July 2 of injuries he sustained while in Guatemala.
In addition, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Franklin County be flown at half-staff from July 13 to July 18.
"The men and women of the Missouri National Guard demonstrate self-sacrifice every day, no matter if they are serving in Missouri or in countries around the world," Gov. Nixon said. "The family, friends and colleagues of Staff Sgt. Traxel are in our prayers, as we remember this brave Citizen-Soldier who served not only in the Guard, but also during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as both an active duty Soldier and Marine. He answered the call of duty many times, and our state and nation are grateful."
Staff Sgt. Traxel was assigned to the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Jefferson City. Prior to his service in the Missouri Army National Guard, he also served his country on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the U.S. Army. Staff Sgt. Traxel's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal (two awards), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star (two awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle [Inscription: Rifle]), the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Overseas Service Bar.