For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
Governor LePage and First Lady Mourn the Death of Maine Soldier
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage issued the following statement today regarding the death of U.S. Army Captain John “Jay” R. Brainard III, of Newport, who was killed in Afghanistan on May 28, 2012:
“It brings me great sadness to learn that Maine has lost Captain Brainard who dedicated himself to defending our State and Nation, and we are forever indebted to his display of courage and selfless sacrifice. It is with a heavy heart that I express my sincere condolences to his family and friends. This news never comes easy and is especially difficult knowing this young man made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day.
As Memorial Day approached, the First Lady and I paused to honor those who have fallen in service to their country and decorated their graves with American flags. As my wife and I gazed across the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery we honored, thanked and remembered those who gave their all – not for any recognition, but for the freedoms we all value today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Captain Brainard, and I join with all Mainers to forever remember him as a true son of the State of Maine.”
Captain Brainard, 26, was an active duty helicopter pilot assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. He is a 2004 graduate of Foxcroft Academy and a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine.