Flags at half-staff to honor fallen Scottsdale soldier

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Joshua B. Silverman By Mike Gertzman Joshua B. Silverman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Flags at state government buildings are being flown at half-staff Friday to honor an Arizona soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The soldiers killed when their Black Hawk UH-60 went down Tuesday  included Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman,
The 35-year-old was from Scottsdale. He was based at Fort Riley, Kan.
The Fort Riley-based 1st Division Combat Aviation Brigade sent some 2,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in August for a nine-month deployment.
Gov. Jan Brewer ordered that state buildings' flags be lowered from sunrise to sunset Friday.

Statement from Governor Jan Brewer

"Today, the hearts and prayers of all Arizonans are with the family of Chief Warrant Officer Two Joshua B. Silverman, a U.S. Army soldier killed this week in the line of duty. On Tuesday, CW2 Silverman was one of six soldiers who died of injuries sustained as the result of a helicopter crash in Now Bahar, Afghanistan.

"CW2 Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, was serving his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at the time of the incident. He had been assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

"Our eternal gratitude is with CW2 Silverman and his fellow fallen heroes whose lives were taken in the crash, and our deepest condolences are with the families and loved ones in mourning. Their deaths are a solemn reminder of the daily dangers faced by our men and women in uniform, who selflessly serve and sacrifice to keep their neighbors safe and our nation free.

"In honor of Arizona hero CW2 Joshua B. Silverman, I have ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, December 20, 2013, as well as on the day of his interment, for which services are pending."