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Governor Kitzhaber orders flags at half-staff in honor of Oregon sailor CWO Jonathan Gibson

Flags to be lowered Friday, September 27, 2013, in honor of United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 27, 2013, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson.

“CWO Gibson was among the best of Oregon, serving both his state and nation,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “My thoughts are with his family and his unit during this difficult time. His death is tragic and he will be missed by many, but his legacy of service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

CWO Gibson, 32, of Aurora, died September 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk crash while operating in the central Red Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.

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