Flags lowered for Army corporal from SW MI

Southwest Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and state flags to be lowered to honor a soldier from southwestern Michigan who died during a training exercise in southern New Mexico.

Whitmer said in a release that flags should be lowered to half-staff Saturday within the State Capitol Complex and state government buildings for 24-year-old Army Cpl. Cole Wixom. The infantryman from Bloomingdale died Jan. 22 along with 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie Riley of New Jersey in a collision between two Stryker vehicles at McGregor Range.

Wixom’s body was returned to his hometown Thursday. State Sen. Aric Nesbitt posted video on his Facebook page of a procession including police cruisers and a fire truck with lights flashing.

The flag lowering is planned to coincide with Wixom’s military funeral.

Wixom graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2013 and joined the Army in 2016. He was stationed in western Texas at Fort Bliss and completed a tour of Iraq.

—24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.

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