Flags are flying at half-staff Thursday in honor of a fallen Kansas soldier.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Thursday, Nov. 14, in honor of Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson. The funeral service for Robertson is set for 11 a.m. Thursday with burial, with full military honors, to follow at Wamego City Cemetery.
Robertson was born in Manhattan, Kan. and attended Rock Creek Jr./Sr. High School before attending Pittsburg State University. The 35-year-old old Robertson was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Robertson died Nov. 3 of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol received rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Marcie Lynn Pfrang, their three daughters, his parents Dody and Charles Berg and a large extended family.
“On behalf of the State of Kansas, Lt. Governor Colyer and I extend our deepest sympathies to Sgt. Robertson’s family and friends,” Governor Brownback said. “We offer our deepest gratitude for his service and heartfelt sympathy to his family.”