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Bevin recognizes Fort Campbell soldier killed in Syria; flags at half-staff Monday for Spc. Riley

Gov. Matt Bevin has recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died in Syria while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and orders flags at half-staff Monday for Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley who died April 20 in Iraq.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Pfc. Thomason was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Service arrangements are pending.

Gov. Bevin will direct flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Pfc. Thomason’s interment and he encourages individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Meantime, services for Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, whose sacrifice was announced earlier, will be held Monday, May 6, in Richmond. Flags will be flown at half staff and Gov. Bevin encourages all to join in the honor of Spc. Riley.

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