Half-staff in honor and memory of Sgt. Alec Langen

Governor Katie Hobbs has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on February 14, 2024 and on the day of interment, in honor of U.S. Marine Sergeant Alec Langen, who was one of the casualties of the February 6 helicopter crash during a training flight in California. 


Sgt. Langen was assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers”, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. 


According to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Alec Langen enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 14, 2017, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on October 1, 2022. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.


Governor Hobbs issued the following statement: 


“It is with great sorrow that we learned that Sergeant Alec Langen, of Chandler, was one of the five Marines killed during a training flight in California. We lift up his family, especially his wife Casey and his parents, Steven and Caryn Langen, and mourn alongside them for the loss of this talented and selfless young man, who spent his life in service to others.”  


We will further communicate the date of interment once set. 


Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

Flag(s) Lowered: 
Arizona & American Flag
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