San Diego-based Navy Lt. Christopher E. Mosko, who was killed in Afghanistan on April 26, will be honored in New York state this week. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff this upcoming Wednesday, according to CBS New York. Mosko and his family lived in Pittsford, New York for several years.
Governor Cuomo said:
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Lieutenant Mosko. We will be forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of this New Yorker. I send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow sailors."
The Department of Defense announced Mosko, 28, was killed while conducting combat operations in Nawa district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan.
Mosko was assigned as a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Platoon Commander to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan. Mosko was stationed at EOD Mobile Unit 3, homeported at Naval Base Coronado.
Lt. Mosko was born in Philadelphia, lived for several years in Wisconsin and New York, and graduated from Philly's Drexel University, according to WTAQ.com.
Mosko attended Eau Claire Memorial High School, where he was a star athlete. Wisconsin television station WEAU 13 News talked to folks who remember Mosko not just as a stellar athlete, but a stellar human being. Click here to watch the video.