Gov. orders flags flown at half-staff to honor Florida soldier killed in Syria

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Flags are being flown at half-staff to honor a Florida soldier who was killed in Syria.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Farmer, of Palm Beach County, was one of four US soldiers who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Manbij, Syria on January 16.

Farmer was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered that flags at the State Capitol and some flags in Palm Beach County be flown at half-staff in honor of Farmer.

“As a mark of respect for Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Farmer, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, the City Hall in Boynton Beach, Florida, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, April 9, 2019,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in an official memorandum.

Farmer served on six overseas combat tours. Twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2007 and January 2009; once in support of Operation New Dawn in August 2010; once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2012; and twice in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in January 2018 and January 2019 until his passing.  

He is survived by his spouse, four children, and his parents.

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