Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, June 27th in honor of a New York soldier who died in Afghanistan on June 22.

Major Paul C. Voelke died in Mazar E. Sharif while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.   He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Georgia,  Major Voelke was from the Town of Monroe.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Major Voelke and I send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends , and fellow soldiers,” Governor Cuomo said.  “We will be forever grateful for his service and his dedication to our nation.

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