“Captain Pedersen-Keel made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our state and our nation,” said Mr. Malloy. “Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his unit during this very difficult time. We pray for a safe homecoming for our troops who are stationed around the world, and thank them for their bravery and service.”
Capt. Pedersen-Keel, 28, was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He was killed by a member of the Afghan National Police while conducting a patrol brief in the Jalrez District.
Flags will remain at half-staff until burial or memorial, information for which to be announced.