American Flags and Kentucky Flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, July 24th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of USAF Staff Sgt. Dirk Shelton. Staff Sgt. Shelton died as a result of injuries suffered on a training mission. He served nine years for the US Air Force and was deployed six time; four to Afghanistan, one to Somalia and one to Kuwait. His awards include: the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), and the Air Force Achievement Medal.