Flags low­ered for New York na­tive killed in Afghanistan

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo has or­dered flags on state gov­ern­ment build­ings be flown at half-staff in honor of a Buf­falo-area na­tive who died in Afghanistan.

Flags were low­ered Tues­day to honor 30-yearold Capt. An­drew By­ers. A 2004 grad­u­ate of Clarence High School, By­ers grad­u­ated four years later from the U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­emy at West Point.

The Pen­tagon an­nounced Fri­day that By­ers and an­other soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer of Penn­syl­va­nia, were killed a day ear­lier in Kun­duz province. De­fense of­fi­cials said the sol­diers had got­ten off a he­li­copter and were mov­ing with Afghan forces when they came un­der fire.

By­ers was liv­ing in Rolesville, North Carolina, at the time of his death. He was as­signed to the 10th Spe­cial Forces Group at Fort Car­son, Colorado.

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