Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, June 14, 2013 in honor of three New Yorkers who died in Zarghun, Shaha, Afghanistan on June 8.

Killed were Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, of Evans Mills; and Major Jaimie Leonard, of Warrick; and civilian law enforcement training contractor Joseph Morabito , from Hunter.

The two soldiers were assigned to headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the deaths of these three men who gave their lives for our country,” Governor Cuomo said.”  We extend our condolences to their friends, families and fellow Soldiers.  We will remember and honor their service.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute tour state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

The Associated Press reported that “the three Americans were shot on an Afghan National Army base in Paktika province by a man in an Afghan army uniform.”