Flags Flying at Half-Staff For Major Thomas Kennedy

August 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Afghanistan, Governor Cuomo, Hero, Heroes, Kennedy's Angels, New York, Sarkowi, Thomas E. Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, West Point)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, August 14, in honor of a New York Soldier who died in Sarkowi, Afghanistan on August 8.

Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, of West Point, died when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest. He was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

“Along will all New Yorkers I mourn the loss of this outstanding officer,”  Governor Cuomo said. “We will remember his honorable service to our nation and we are grateful for his dedication to duty.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

Links to a donation page for his beautiful kids can be found here…

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Donations Sought For Soldier, Husband, Father of Two Killed in Afghanistan

August 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm (#War, Afghanistan, Hero, Heroes, Kennedy's Angels, Killed In Action, Purple Heart, Taliban, Thomas Kennedy, Tommy Kennedy, West Point)

Thomas Kennedy was recently killed in action serving in Afghanistan.  He was a 35-year-old West Point grad who leaves behind a wife and two kids.

Via Journal News:

The news came mid-week that another suicide bombing in Afghanistan had stolen the lives of coalition troops in Afghanistan. It was soon discovered that New City native Maj. Thomas “TK” Kennedy was one of three Americans killed. His death came amid a week in which three other attacks were perpetrated upon coalition troops by those wearing Afghan military uniforms.

The losses underscore the peril faced by coalition troops, even as most international troops are set to depart in 2014, some 10 years after a U.S.-led invasion targeting Taliban rule and al-Qaida. According to the Associated Press, 30 coalition service members have been killed by those in Afghan uniform — either in disguise or among those who have been trained by coalition forces. It is a marked increase in such violence. Add to those losses the toll from ongoing attacks, like the one that killed Kennedy and his cohorts, by insurgents.

It is a reminder that every day, every hour, our military men and women continue to face grave risk, even as the war occupies less and less space in the national conversation. Their deaths are a deep loss to our nation, our community, and, most of all, the service members’ families. Maj. Kennedy leaves a wife, Kami, twins who turn 2 next month, his father, mother and brothers.

The 35-year-old West Point graduate was just three weeks into his first Afghanistan assignment, although he had completed tours in Iraq. He had earned dozens of medals and service medals — posthumously, a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

The family is requesting donations in Tommy’s name to help support his two beautiful angels.

Please consider visiting the Kennedy’s Angels web page… 

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