An Army officer originally from Orange County, N.Y., has died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense reported.
Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, died June 22, 2012, in Mazar E. Sharif, the Pentagon announced.
The military did not specify how Voelke died, but recordonline.com reported that his death was not related to combat and is under investigation.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on June 27 in Voelke's honor.
"I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Major Voelke and I send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow soldiers," Cuomo said in a statement. "We will be forever grateful for his service and his dedication to our nation."
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based out of Fort Stewart in Georgia.