TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state Thursday to honor three soldiers killed last year in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, Spc. Spencer C. Duncan and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols were among 30 U.S. military personnel who were killed last August when their helicopter was shot down.
The three soldiers were assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Reserve, based at New Century, Kan. Nichols was from Hays. Bennett and Duncan were from Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh).
All 30 service members will be honored Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.