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Flags fly at half-staff for Hawaii National Guard soldier

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:25 a.m. HST, Feb 15, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie ordered U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff Saturday for Hawaii Army National Guard Sgt. Drew M. Scobie. who died in an aircraft crash Jan. 10 in Afghanistan.

Memorial services for Scobie are being held Saturday at Hawaii Memorial Park Chapel, 45-425 Kamehameha Highway. Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a service to follow. A "celebration of life" lunch will take place at 2 p.m. at Senator Fong's Plantation & Gardens, 47-285 Palama Road, Kahaluu.

The ashes of a 25-year-old Hawaii National Guard soldier will be scattered in an Aloha Oe ceremony and paddle-out at 10 a.m. Sunday at Makapuu Beach Park.

"The people of Hawaii are thinking of Drew, who volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan last year as a testament to his convictions," Abercrombie said. "We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends as we mourn the loss of a brave and selfless man."

Scobie, 25, of Kailua, attended Kalaheo High School and worked at Straub Clinic and Hospital. He was killed along with a Wyoming soldier and a civilian in the crash of a twin-engine turboprop reconnaissance aircraft flying a night mission in Afghanistan on Jan. 10. Scobie was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery, in Wahiawa, as a fire direction officer.

Scobie, of Kailua, a married father of a 4-year-old son,  and his wife, McKenna A.K. Panui-Scobie, are expecting their second child in June.

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