Navajo Nation call for flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and remembrance of U.S. Army Private First Class Corlton Chee and Specialist Miguel Yazzie

Pictured: United States Army Specialist Miguel D. Yazzie (left) and Private First Class Carlton L. Chee (right), both members of the Navajo Nation, were serving at Fort Hood, Texas at the time of their passing.(Photos: courtesy Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President)

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Yazzie and Chee passed away while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas

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Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

On Monday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation calling for all flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, in honor and remembrance of United States Army Private Fist Class Corlton L. Chee and United States Army Specialist Miguel D. Yazzie, who each passed away recently while stationed at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.

“Flags on the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-staff to honor and remember the lives of Private Fist Class Corlton Chee and Specialist Miguel Yazzie, who sacrificed and dedicated their lives to service and protecting the Navajo Nation and the entire country. We also recognize and thank their families for everything they have given as well, and we offer our condolences and prayers for them. We ask our Creator to bless them with strength and comfort as they seek answers and grieve for their loved ones. We will continue to support the families as we seek closure and answers in relation to their untimely passing,” said President Nez.

The leaders of the Navajo Nation have called for a congressional inquiry and investigation. The families stated that they suspect that foul play may have contributed to the deaths of Private Fist Class Chee and Specialist Yazzie, which are among 28 military men and women who have lost their lives while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base.

Private Fist Class Corlton L. Chee, a member of the Navajo Nation, collapsed during a training exercise on Aug. 28, 2020 and eventually passed away at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on September 2, 2020. His death marked the 28 casualty involving military personnel at Fort Hood this year. Army Specialist Miguel D. Yazzie, also a member of the Navajo Nation, lost his life on July 3, 2020 while stationed at the Fort Hood Army Base.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer spoke with officials from the Fort Hood Army Base about the families concerns and requests. Letters were also sent to several members of congress, United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy, and Major General John Richardson IV, who oversees the Fort Hood Army Base.

“With this proclamation, we pay tribute to Private Fist Class Chee, Specialist Yazzie, and all of the military men and women who have lost their lives while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base. The families deserve answers and we have to hold the military accountable for what is happening at Fort Hood Army Base. We ask all of our Navajo people to join us in prayer for their families and friends,” stated Vice President Lizer.

A burial service for Private Fist Class Chee will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Gallup, New Mexico. Guests are limited to close family members, due to risks associated with COVID-19. Specialist Yazzie’s service was held previously.

The proclamation calls for all flags on the Navajo Nation to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in honor and remembrance of United States Army Private Fist Class Corlton Chee, United States Army Specialist Miguel Yazzie, and all of the military men and women who have passed away while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base.

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