Gov. honors DuBois by lowering of flags |

Gov. honors DuBois by lowering of flags

Wreaths sit in front of Innermountain Distributing in New Castle, under a flag at half-staff on Wednesday. The business is owned by William “Ham” DuBois, the father of Air Force Capt. Will DuBois, who died when his F-16 crashed in Jordan.
Christopher Mullen / Post Independent |

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise Thursday until sunset Sunday, Dec. 14, in honor of U.S. Air Force Capt. William DuBois of New Castle.

DuBois, 30, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 crashed in Jordan early in a mission that was planned as an attack on ISIS. According to initial reports, DuBois died of injuries sustained when his fighter jet crashed while returning to its base.

Western Coloradans have a chance Thursday to honor DuBois.

DuBois’ body, accompanied by his parents and a law enforcement escort, will travel from the Grand Junction airport to Grand Valley Funeral Home. The procession is expected to follow Horizon Drive and 12th Street in Grand Junction shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Air Force and the family hope area residents turn out with hand-held flags and will post signs along the route to honor the sacrifice and service of DuBois, 30, who graduated from Rifle High School in 2003 and the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2008 with a degree in aerospace engineering. DuBois was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

A service for family and friends will be held at 11:35 a.m. Sunday at Rifle High School.

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