In honor of a Utah man killed in a crash during United States Air Force training, flags will be lowered in the State of Utah Friday.
Gov. Gary Herbert ordered the flags lowered Thursday for 1st Lt. Kenneth "Kage" Allen. As a result of Herbert's order, flags will be flown at half staff at state facilities and public grounds from sunrise to sunset. The order also encourages individuals, businesses and schools to do the same. Herbert wrote in his order:
Today, we honor U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen for his outstanding service and sacrifice to our nation. He was an outstanding Airman, a dedicated husband and hero to our country. We will miss his eagerness to lift others up and strengthen those in need. We could not be more proud of how he represented Utah to the rest of the world.
Jeanette and I send our deepest condolences, support and prayers to Kage’s wife Hannah, to his parents and to the entire Allen family.
Allen was killed June 15 and his body was returned to Utah on June 26. Allen, from Utah, was with the 48th Fighter Wing at the Royal Air Force's Lakenheath base. He was the assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.
Allen did his initial pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma and follow-on training at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Oregon, according to Maj. Sybil Taunton with the United States Air Force.
Allen is survived by his wife and his parents.