Flags to be lowered in honor of Iowa soldier

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Flags are to be lowered in Iowa to honor a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

The honor is being rendered this weekend as services are held for 25-year-old Army Sgt. James Skalberg Jr.

Skalberg was killed on June 27 when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle he was in.

Gov. Terry Branstad is ordering that flags under control of the state be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday. The funeral for Skalberg is scheduled for Saturday morning in Red Oak, where his wife and son live.

Skalberg originally was from Emerson. He graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Neb. He joined the Army in 2007.