LANSING,Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff inhonor of 1st Lt. Todd Lambka, of Fraser, on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Flags should bereturned to full-staff on Thursday, Aug. 16. Lambka, 25, died Aug. 1 from injuries sustained by an improvisedexplosive device in Paktikap province, Afghanistan.
“FirstLieutenant Todd Lambka was a true leader and served his country with honor and pride.All Michiganders should be grateful for his dedication and we mourn hissacrifice,” said Snyder. “My thoughts are with his wife, Cassie; father, Brian;twin brother, Jordan, who serves in the Michigan Army National Guard, and allof his family and friends.”
Todd Lambka was a 2006 graduate from Eisenhower HighSchool in Shelby Township, and graduated in 2010 from the U.S. Military Academyat West Point, NY. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 28th InfantryRegiment in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division, inFort Riley, Kansas.
Lambka was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heartposthumously. His other awards and decorations include the National DefenseService Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the GlobalWar on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas ServiceRibbon, and the Parachutist Badge. He also received posthumously the Basic NATOMedal and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Visitation willbe held from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at WasikFuneral Home in Shelby Township. A memorial service is to be held at 7 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whenflown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to thepeak 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.