Flags At Half Staff To Honor White Sands Soldier

Las Cruces – Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered all flags in New Mexico to be flown at half-staff until sundown Saturday to honor a fallen soldier who was based at the White Sands Missile Range.

The Department of Defense says Army Spec. Nathan Carse of Harrod, Ohio, died Feb. 8 of wounds he received when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old Carse was a combat engineer assigned to the southern New Mexico missile range's 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade.

A missile range spokeswoman says Carse was assigned to the range in June 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan last September.

Martinez says she signed an executive order for the flags Thursday "as a symbol of appreciation and mourning" for Carse.

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