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Gov. Chafee orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin

To honor the memory of Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin of Cumberland, who died Thursday, March 31, 2011, from injuries sustained during a non-hostile incident in Tsowkey District, Konar Province, Afghanistan, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has ordered U.S. and Rhode Island flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff until Specialist Poulin is laid to rest.

"I ask all Rhode Islanders to take a moment to remember Specialist Poulin’s life and service,” Chafee said.

Poulin, 26, deployed to Afghanistan in July 2010. He was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, at the time of his death. He was a gunner in a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle when it rolled over on March 28, 2011. He was medically evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, where he died from his injuries.