A Capitol police officer appeared in the press room moments ago on his way to lower the flag atop the State Capitol. Access to the east wing roof of the Capitol is through our fourth-floor office space, and a midday appearance by a cop often signals the loss of another Connecticut soldier.

An email from the governor’s press office confirmed the purpose of the officer’s visit to the roof: “Governor Dannel P. Malloy today ordered the Connecticut and U.S. flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Staff Sergeant Frank E. Adamski III, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Tuesday.”

Adamski, 26, was from Moosup. He was serving with the 101st Airborne when hit by small arms fire during combat in Konar, Afghanistan. He is survived by a wife and daughter.

“It is unimaginable that Connecticut is mourning the death of yet another soldier lost in battle,” Malloy said. “Staff Sergeant Adamski’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this devastating time. Staff Sergeant Adamski leaves behind a young daughter who will know and understand the sacrifice her father made on behalf of all of us.”

The flag will remain at half-staff until the soldier’s burial. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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