DENVER — Wednesday, May 23, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Thursday, May 24, in honor of 1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.
Thompson died on May 11, 2012, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to Defense Department reports, Thompson died of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol received small arms fire. Thompson was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson.
A funeral will be held in Thursday in Colorado. Details are private at the request of the family.