Ducey orders flags flown at half-staff for Vail soldier

Ducey orders flags flown at half-staff for Vail soldier

PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in honor of a fallen Army soldier from Vail.

According to The U.S. Army Europe, Spc. Robert W. Jones, 21, died on Saturday, Jan. 6, in Kosovo.

Jones was a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade based in Germany.

It was a sad day for the Cienega High School Community on Wednesday as many of the staff and teachers learned about the death of Jones, a former Bobcat. He graduated from Cienega in 2015 after spending two years in the Naval JROTC at the high school.

U.S. Army Europe said Jones died at the Camp Bondsteel base in Kosovo. It gave no further details.

In the statement, the Army said Jones was a military police working dog handler who joined up in August 2015.

Spc. Robert Jones was a remarkable Soldier," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Searl, 709th Military Police Battalion commander. "He volunteered to serve his nation and we mourn his tragic loss. Spc. Jones and his family will always be members of the Warrior Battalion. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."

Jones' death is under investigation.

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