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Nebraska Flags Ordered to Fly at Half Staff

United States flags are expected to be flown at half-staff to honor a Nebraska soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The office of Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler (BYTE’-lur) says the governor granted the mayor’s request for U.S. and Nebraska flags to be lowered on Saturday for Sgt. Patrick Hamburger.

The 30-year-old National Guardsman was among 30 Americans and eight Afghans who died Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed a Chinook transport helicopter.

Hamburger was a flight engineer with the National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation unit based in Grand Island. He grew up in Lincoln.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ’s Place Church in Lincoln. Burial will be at Wyuka (wy-YOO’-kuh) Cemetery

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