Flags to fly at half-staff to honor Mulvane soldier

WICHITA — Gov. Mark Parkinson has directed flags to be flown at half-staff throughout Kansas on Friday in honor of Capt. Jason McMahon of Mulvane.

McMahon, 35, died Sept. 5 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 184th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his daughters, Trinity, McKenzie and Azlyn, as well as his parents and brother.

"On behalf of all Kansans, our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain McMahon's loved ones during this difficult time," Parkinson said in a statement. "His service to our state and to our country was immeasurable, and his ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten."

Since 2007, national policy has allowed the flags of the United States and the state of Kansas to be displayed at half-staff throughout the state when a member of the Kansas National Guard or Kansas Air National Guard is killed in the line of duty, or when a Kansas resident serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces is killed in the line of duty.