Texas Governor Greg Abbot has ordered flags be flown at half-staff to honor a U.S. servicemember and Texas native killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
U.S. Army Sergeant Cameron A. Meddock was killed by small arms fire while participating in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in the Badghis Province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 17th.
Meddock’s death marks the first U.S. military fatality in Afghanistan in 2019. There are about 14,000 U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. Troops are there mostly to aid the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban and ISIS-affiliated groups.
Sgt. Meddock was a decorated member of the military, awarded the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, among numerous other awards and commendations.
Cameron was only 26 years old. He leaves behind a wife, Stephanie, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Cameron was from Amarillo, Texas.
Governor Abbot requested that flags be lowered at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, as well as Hansford County and any adjacent counties.
Flags should be returned to full-staff by sunset on Jan. 19.
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