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Governor orders flags lowered Monday in Colorado to honor Green Beret Mihail Gohlin

Author: Ernest Luning - January 22, 2018 - Updated: January 22, 2018

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transportationColorado Capitol in Denver in 2015. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday to honor Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, a Green Beret stationed at Fort Carson, who was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Golin, 34, a native of Riga, Latvia, was killed on New Year’s Day when his patrol came under attack from enemy rifle fire in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. A weapons expert assigned to Fort Carson’s B Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Golin had been deployed once to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan.

He is survived by his parents and a daughter.

“We are proud of his service and sacrifice, as well as that of his family,” said Col. Lawrence G. Ferguson, 10th Group’s commander, in a statement.  “We will honor his memory and support his family during this trying time.”

This is the second time this year the governor has ordered flags lowered in Colorado. The first occasion was on Jan. 5 to honor Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish, who died in the line of duty on Dec. 31 while responding to an incident in Highlands Ranch.

The governor’s office maintains a web page displaying the current flag status for the U.S. flag and the Colorado flag.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.