Arkansas flags at the Capitol will fly at half-staff beginning Tuesday until sundown on Thursday to honor a Little Rock soldier killed in Afghanistan.
According to a statement from Gov. Mike Beebe's office, the flags will fly low to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Jamar Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, who died in combat in the Paktia Provnice, Afghanistan.
Hicks' death was announced in a news release from the United States' Department of Defense on Monday. Hicks died Sunday from wounds he suffered after enemy forces attacked his unit with "indirect fire," according to the release. Hicks was a member of the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Hicks was evacuated from the area to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, where he later died, the release states.
Act 1182 of 2011 states that "flags may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member."