American Flags and Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, September 3rd at the Capitol complex in Virginia in honor of US Army Master Sergeant George Bannar, Jr.
Flags are also authorized for display at half-staff in the County of Spotsylvania, the County of Orange, the town of Culpeper and in any other locality as deemed appropriate.
Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. died of injuries he suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Afghanistan. He was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Master Sgt. Bannar was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC and was serving on his fifth deployment.
US Army Master Sergeant George Bannar, Jr’s awards included: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.