Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across the state, along with all Department of Defense facilities, will fly at half-staff Monday (July 25) until further notice in honor of former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili. The Guard will render these honors in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 1005.6, Reference A.
In a statement by President Barack Obama released Saturday, the United States "lost a genuine soldier-statesman whose extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless possibilities that are open to those who choose to serve it."
As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he strengthened ties with Europe and Asia, forged closer defense ties with Russia, and championed the Partnership for Peace with the former Soviet states. At the same time, he oversaw successful military operations in Bosnia, Haiti and elsewhere. He sought to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.
Shalikashvili died Saturday morning in Washington state following complications from a stroke suffered in August 2004.
Other government agencies, businesses and private residences with flagpoles may also honor the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili by lowering their U.S. and Wisconsin state flags to half-staff. The end date will be posted to the flag-lowering orders page on the Department of Military Affairs website.