New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced that U.S. and New Jersey flags at all state buildings and facilities will be flown at half staff this Thursday, January 9th for a soldier from New Jersey killed in Afghanistan last month, according to NJ.com.

The 33-year-old soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, was from Westwood in Bergen County. The article says he was killed by a roadside bombing while "seizing a Taliban weapons cache."

Governor Murphy said in a statement, “Sergeant 1st Class Michael Goble represented the best values of our Armed Forces and of New Jersey -- dedication, fearlessness, and excellence. His tragic passing reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices our soldiers and our military families make in the name of service so that our nation’s values may continue to be a beacon around the world. Our thoughts are with Sergeant 1st Class Goble’s family and friends. May we all honor his service by endeavoring through our lives to represent the values for which he gave his life.”

Goble will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary on Thursday, the same day the flags will be lowered.