Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed flags to half-staff at all state government buildings and facilities on July 5-6 in honor of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kory Wade, who passed away following training exercises that took place June 14. Wade was a native of Shortsville in Ontario County.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Kory Wade, and extend my deepest sympathies to Sgt. Wade's family and loved ones on behalf of all New Yorkers," Hochul said. "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the brave men and women in our nation's military face every day to keep us safe."
Wade enlisted in the Air Force and served his country since 2008. He received numerous awards, including the Air and Space Commendation Medal, Air and Space Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon.