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Governor orders flags to half-staff Monday to honor Ft. Carson soldier

Posted at 1:31 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 15:49:30-04

COLORADO – Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags at public buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, September 17th to honor Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin.

The order specifies flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

Sanagustin died on September 4th from a non-combat injury while serving at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin
Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, age 32, from National City, California, died September 4, 2018. According to the Department of Defense, Sanagustin’s death is under investigation.

The National City, California served as a squad leader in 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. He served 11 years in the U.S. Army with deployments to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fort Carson officials say he just arrived at Fort Carson for his latest assignment in January. He deployed to Afghanistan in May 2018.

“He made a lasting impact on the Manchu formation and we will forever cherish his memory. Our deepest condolences are with the Sanagustin family,” said Lt. Col. David Uthlaut, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment commander.

Sanagustin dignified transfer
A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Diobanjo S. Sanagustin, of National City, Calif., Sept. 5, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Sanagustin was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)