Why is the Forest Service flag at half staff?
June 28, 2010
The US and Forest Service flags are at half staff in honor of two Forest Service employees who were killed in a plane crash on Monday, June 21st in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. The pilot and two Forest Service employees, Dan Snider and Rodney Whiteman, died when their small plane chartered by the Forest Service crashed while conducting an aerial pest detection survey in north-central Pennsylvania. The flag was lowered on June 23rd and will remain lowered until sunset on the day of interment, Wednesday, June 30th.
A second official message from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Federal Protective Service-National MegaCenter Program, sent out on Monday, June 28th, was to add another purpose for the flag to be flown at half staff: "Due to the death of Senator Robert Byrd on June 28, 2010, the American flag will be flown at Half-Staff in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 3044, as amended (see Federal Protective Service Uniformed Force Operations Manual PBS P5930, 17A, Chapter 22) or as ordered by Public Law 110-41, Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007." Flags are to remain lowered nationally until sunset on the day of interment, Tuesday, June 29, 2010.