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Honoring an officer

March 16, 2010

Question:

The Seed Lab had the flag at half-staff recently. Can you explain the reason? Thanks, Cam.

Cam’s answer:

You’re talking about the flag at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (also known as the Fort Knox of seeds) on the east side of campus near the Jack Christiansen track.

The center is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so the flag was ordered to be flown at half-staff from March 8 until March 12 in memory of Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Chris Upton.

Thomas Vilsack from the USDA’s Office of the Secretary in Washington, D.C., sent a message to all employees that said in part:

Officer Upton was shot and killed while on routine patrol on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Jasper County, Ga. This tragedy reminds us all that law enforcement is a dangerous career.

We honor his service. I send my condolences to Officer Upton's family, loved ones, friends and fellow Forest Service employees affected by this tragic event.

The United States flag will be flown at half-staff from March 8, 2010, until sunset on March 12, 2010.
 


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