Flags to half-staff Monday for internment of Marine sergeant killed in chopper crash

Gov. Katie Hobbs ordered flags at all Arizona state buildings be flown at
half-staff from sunrise to sunset on on Monday, Feb. 26,  for the interment of U.S. Marine Sergeant Alec Langen, one of the casualties of a Feb. 6 helicopter crash during a training flight in California.

Hobbs previously ordered all flags be flown at
half-staff on Feb. 14 in honor of Langen, who was assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
“Flying Tigers,” Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and
was based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

The 23-year-old had just gotten married in January, his family said.

A
CH-53E Super Stallion crashed in the mountains outside of San Diego
during a flight near the Southern California base, officials said.

According
to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Langen enlisted in the Marine Corps on
Sept. 14, 2017, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Oct. 1,
2022. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement
Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.

“It is with great sorrow that we learned that Sergeant Alec Langen, of
Chandler, was one of the five Marines killed during a training flight in
California,” said Hobbs in the previous announcement.  “We lift up his family, especially his wife
Casey and his parents, Steven and Caryn Langen, and mourn alongside them
for the loss of this talented and selfless young man, who spent his
life in service to others.” 

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in the tribute.