State Flags at Half Staff Wednesday for Sgt. Julian Chase of Edgewater
Gov. Martin O’Malley ordered the American flag and the Maryland state flag at half-staff on Wednesday to honor Marine Sgt. Julian Chase of Edgewater, according to a report in The Capital. Flags in all public buildings, including Anne Arundel County government buildings, will also fly at half-staff.
Chase, 22, died on Memorial Day while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. A memorial service for Chase was held on June 7 at Chesapeake Christian Fellowship Church on Brick Church Road in Davidsonville.
According to the website, Jim’s Military News:
“Sergeant Chase was a great example of a sergeant of Marines and a mentor to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed,” said Sgt. Maj. Kevin M. Conboy, Sergeant Major of 5th ANGLICO Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Chase was assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Co. III, Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Chase, a fire support non-commissioned officer, joined the Marine Corps on Sept. 22, 2008, and started in Okinawa in August 2009 before deploying to Afghanistan from May to December 2010 and again in November 2011. Chase graduated first overall from the Joint Fires Observer Course at Expeditionary Warfare Training Center Pacific. His service awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
To learn more about why flags fly at half-staff in Maryland, check the Maryland Secretary of State “Flag Status” website.
The last time flags in Maryland were lowered to honor a fallen member of the military was in March, in memory of Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II of Westminster who died in Afghanistan.