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Governor orders flags lowered on Thursday in honor of Kansas soldier, former PSU military instructor

Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson (photo courtesy of Pittsburg State University) Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson (photo courtesy of Pittsburg State University)

Updated November 12, 2013:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor Brownback orders flags lowered on Thursday, Nov. 14 in honor of Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson

In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, 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."

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Updated November 8, 2013:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor SamBrownback issues statement on death of Kansas soldier

Topeka—Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issueda statement today upon learning of the death of Sergeant First Class Forrest W.Robertson of Westmoreland, Kan.  Sgt. Robertson died Nov. 3 of injuriessustained when his dismounted patrol received rocket-propelled grenade andsmall arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

"On behalf ofthe State of Kansas, Lt. Governor Colyer and I extend our deepest sympathies toSgt. Robertson's family and friends," Governor Brownback said. "We offer ourdeepest gratitude for his service and heartfelt sympathy to his family."

The35-year-old old Robertson was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rdInfantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia and deployed to Afghanistan in supportof Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Funeral plansfor Robertson have not yet been announced.  He is survived by his wife,children and mother.

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Updated November 5, 2013, 7:45 AM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED NOVEMBER 4, 2013 BY PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

Today, Pittsburg State University learned of the death of Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt Robertson was a former instructor in PSU's Department of Military Science as well as a former history major at PSU. 

"We are all deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. Robertson's death," said PSU President Steve Scott. "On campus, he was an inspiration to the students in PSU's ROTC Program. Through his service and sacrifice, he is an inspiration to us all. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in the midst of their great loss."

According to a release from the Department of Defense, Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., died Nov. 3, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.

As the news of Sgt. Robertson's death was disseminated, friends and former students created a memorial Facebook page, which was soon populated with photos and remembrances.

"SFC Rob was one of the best men I have ever known personally; his impact on my life is unforgettable," one poster wrote.

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Posted November 4, 2013, 4:29 PM:  The Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35 of Westmoreland, Kansas, died of injuries sustained when when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Roberton is listed as a former Military Science Instructor with the Department of Military Science at Pittsburg State University.

A Memorial Page has been set up for SFS Forrest Robertson on Facebook - CLICK HERE.

 

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., died Nov. 3, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.

For more information the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at 912-210-9375.

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR JERRY MORAN (KAN.)

Sen. Jerry Moran Statement on Death of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today on the loss of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35, of Westmoreland, Kan., who died on Nov. 3, 2013, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to initial reports, Sergeant First Class Robertson died of injuries sustained when his dismounted patrol received rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. His family resides in Hinesville, Ga, and his mother resides in Westmoreland, Kan.

"America is forever indebted to Sergeant First Class Forrest Robertson, whose service and sacrifice in defense of his country is immeasurable," Sen. Moran said. "My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, children and family, and I ask all Kansans to join me in remembering his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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