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Flags at half-staff for Michigan war casualty

July 18, 2006

KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Wednesday, July 19, in honor of Army Spc. Joseph P. Micks, who died July 8 from injuries sustained while on active duty in Iraq.

Spc. Micks, age 22, of Rapid River, Mich., was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his mine-protected armored personnel carrier during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.

Flags should return to full-staff Thursday, July 20.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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