Corbett orders flags to half-staff to honor slain Butler County soldier
August 24, 2012 2:45 PM
Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press
An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. According to the Department of Defense, Holman, of Evans City, Pa., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. (
Staff Sgt. Eric Holman, solider from Avonworth High who was killed in Afghanistan, planned to make the Army his career.
By Jacob Quinn Sanders Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gov. Tom Corbett today ordered flags to half-staff Monday at the Capitol and at commonwealth offices in Butler County in remembrance of an Evans City soldier killed in action in Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman, 39, a 1990 Avonworth graduate, was killed Aug. 15 in Afghanistan's Ghazni province by an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense. He was serving with the 767th Explosive Ordnance Disposition Battalion, based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Monday is the scheduled day of his funeral in Butler County.
The governor's order covers U.S. and Pennsylvania flags at every building in the Capitol complex in Harrisburg as well as those occupied by the state in Butler County.