Governor orders flags lowered Oct. 14 for Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff of Davison

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Governor Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff on Friday, Oct. 14. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday, Oct. 15. 

"Michigan has lost a great marine who devoted his life to protecting our freedoms," Snyder said. "While words are only a small gesture of support, our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff's family and friends."

Sprovtsoff, 28, of Davison died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.

Sprovtsoff was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a 10-year veteran of the Marines and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat V, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

A memorial will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the VFW Post 4087 in Davison Township.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U. S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.