Flags Lowered for NYC Soldier, 24, Killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis died Wednesday in Ghani Province in an attack that involved an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to the Pentagon.

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    Flags will fly at half-staff on all New York state buildings on Wednesday to honor a 24-year-old soldier from Staten Island who died in Afghanistan.

    Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis of Staten Island was wounded when his forward operating base in Ghazni Province was attacked on Aug. 28. He was evacuated to a medical facility where he died.

    Staten Island Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    [NY] Staten Island Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
    Military officials say a 24-year-old soldier from Staten Island has been killed in Afghanistan by insurgents who attacked his unit. Jonathan Vigliotti has more. (Published Friday, Aug 30, 2013)

    Ollis was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of each of the state's service members killed in action.

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