TOPEKA, Kansas – Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up until noon on Monday, May 25, 2015 in honor of Memorial Day. Flags also will be lowered on June 5, the date of Captain Norgren’s funeral.
“Memorial Day is a time for us to honor those who have defended our freedom,” said Governor Brownback. “As we remember all those who have fallen in service to our country, we also remember today Marine Captain Chris Norgren who lost his life while supporting a relief mission in Nepal. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and his entire family during this very difficult time.”
Norgren, a Wichita native, lost his life May 12 while piloting a “Huey” helicopter on a relief mission in northeastern Nepal following the disastrous earthquake that occurred April 25. Norgren previously served in Afghanistan and had been awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star. He was commissioned in August, 2009.