TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags in the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff on Friday, August 19th, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols who died on August 6, 2011, while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
“On behalf of a grateful state and a grateful nation, I want to thank and honor CW2 Nichols for his brave sacrifice,” Gov. Brownback said. “Kansas lost one of its heroes in Bryan Nichols. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
CW2 Nichols, of Hays, was killed in action in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 31 year old was one of 30 brave Americans killed when their Chinook helicopter crashed after taking enemy fire.
Nichols was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Reserve, New Century AirCenter ,Olathe, Kansas. His wife and son live in Kansas City and his parents live in Palco.
The funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 19th at the Al Billinger Fieldhouse on the Thomas More Prep Marian High Campus – with burial in Pleasantview Cemetery near Palco. Contributions to the Nichols Memorial may be made at http://www.bnicholsmemorial.bbnow.org/index.php.
Tuesday, Governor Brownback ordered the flags to fly at half-staff on Thursday, August 18th, in honor of SPC Spencer Duncan who also was killed in action on August 6th.
Spencer was born Feb. 19, 1990 in Merriam, Ks. He was a 2008 graduate of Olathe South High School. He attended Indian Creek Community Church, Olathe, and Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Ks.
After graduating from high school, Spencer enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in June, 2008. He received his initial basic training at Fort Knox, Ky and completed his Advanced Individual Training as a Medium Helicopter Repairman at Fort Eustis, Va. He worked at the Aviation Support Facility at New Center AirCenter, Olathe where he was an aircraft mechanic and then later trained to become a Chinook door gunner. His unit was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in March of 2011.
Services for SPC Duncan will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011 beginning at 12:00 pm at the Indian Creek Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Kansas can learn more about the project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.