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Army Spc. Kyle R. Rookey

Died September 2, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

23, of Oswego, N.Y.; assigned to 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Sept. 2, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in a noncombat incident.

Flags flown at half-staff to honor fallen soldier

The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — Flags on New York state government buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor a 23-year-old soldier from Oswego who died in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said soldier Kyle Rookey died Sunday in Jalalabad. He died in a noncombat related incident, but officials gave no further details.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the flag order Tuesday.

Rookey had been assigned to the Fourth Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Fourth Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colo.

Fort Carson honors fallen soldier from N.Y.

The Associated Press

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Fort Carson is holding a memorial service for a soldier from Oswego, N.Y., who died in Afghanistan.

The service for 23-year-old Spc. Kyle R. Rookey will be Monday at Soldier's Memorial Chapel at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.

Rookey died Sept. 2 in Jalalabad in a noncombat-related incident. The Pentagon hasn't released any further information.

He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, part of the 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson.

Rookey operated unmanned aerial vehicles and had served in the Army for 2½ years. He had been deployed in Afghanistan since March.

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