Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Hawaii Air Force captain killed in Afghanistan

Reid Nishizuka

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that flags at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Kailua Air Force captain killed in the line of duty.

Capt. Reid Nishizuka was one of four U.S. airmen killed on April 27 after their plane crashed near Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

“Like so many of our men and women in uniform, Reid chose to serve our nation with honor, and the people of Hawaii are proud of his selflessness and commitment in defense of freedom so far from home,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Nishizuka and Hatakeyama ohana as we mourn the loss of an island son.”

Born in Honolulu, Nishizuka, 30, graduated from Kailua High School in 2000 and earned an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. He entered military service in June 2005 and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force with 2,434 flying hours, more than half of that in combat.

A memorial service for Capt. Nishizuka will also be held on Saturday at the Central Union Church in Honolulu at 6 p.m.

The memorial service is open to the public.

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