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NJ Flags at Half-Staff for Marine Killed in Afghanistan

Reinhard's funeral will take place Monday morning in Clark, N.J.



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    Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor a fallen Marine corporal.

    The flags will be lowered Monday in tribute to Kevin Reinhard, who was among six Marines killed Jan. 19 when their helicopter went down in Afghanistan.

    Reinhard grew up in Woodbridge and was a 2005 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen. He also attended Ramapo College and Middlesex County College before enlisting in the Marines in 2008.

    The 25-year-old was serving his second tour of duty overseas and was due to return home in a few weeks.

    Reinhard and the other Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

    The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but a statement issued by the NATO international military coalition said there was no enemy activity in the area when it happened.

    German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, a spokesman for the NATO coalition in Kabul, said officials were looking at a "technical fault" as the possible culprit.
    "The helicopter is one of the safest forms of transport," Jacobson said. He said not only does it protect troops the danger of roadside bombs on the ground, but it is a well-tested, well-proven way to travel.