In a press release from Governor Jay Nixon's office, he 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 Saturday, November 19, 2016.

This is to honor the bravery and sacrifice of 27-year old Sergeant First Class Matthew C. Lewellen. Sergeant First Class Lewellen of Kirksville, was a member of the United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret) who died on November 4, 2016 while serving his country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Jafr, Jordan.

In addition, Gov. Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Adair County be flown at half-staff from November 20 through November  25.

“We mourn the loss of this brave American soldier in defending our country and our freedoms,” Gov. Nixon said.  “I ask that Missourians remember and honor the sacrifice of Sergeant First Class Lewellen when they see the lowered flags.”

Sergeant First Class Lewellen was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His awards and decorations include the­­ Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (2 awards), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge (Basic), Special Forces Tab, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle, (Inscription: Rifle), Expert), and the Overseas Service Bar (2 awards).

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