Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff in honor of fallen soldier from Columbia

May 28, 2010
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Boone County be flown at half-staff from June 1 to June 6 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Specialist Jason D. Fingar, age 24, of Columbia.  Specialist Fingar was a soldier in the United States Army who died on May 22 while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 

In addition, Gov. 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 for one full day on May 31, the day funeral services for Specialist Fingar will take place. 

Specialist Fingar was assigned to A Company, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Weapons Qualification Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.