Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor a northwestern New Jersey soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

The flags will be lowered Thursday in tribute to Army Specialist Ronald H. Wildrick Jr. The 30-year-old Blairstown resident was killed Dec. 11 by a roadside bomb in Kunar province. He was raised in Byram Township (Sussex County) and graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School in 2000.

Wildrick was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

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