Hobbs: Flags to half-staff to honor Army Special Operations soldier

Governor Katie Hobbs ordered flags at all state buildings be flown at
half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday, Nov. 25, in honor of Sgt. Andrew Southard, of Apache Junction, who was killed in a November 10 helicopter crash during routine flight training in the Mediterranean Sea.  

Southard was a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and one of five casualties. According to the Department of Defense, the MH-60 Blackhawk was conducting aerial refueling training when the
aircraft experienced an in-flight emergency resulting in the crash.

“It is with profound sadness that we learned Sergeant Andrew Southard, of the United States Army Special Operations Forces, was one of the victims in the November 10 helicopter crash during a training mission in the Mediterranean Sea. We stand proud of his service and support his family and friends, along with the other victims of this horrible tragedy,” said Governor Katie Hobbs.

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