The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor ofU.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff of Davison, Michigan. Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff, 28, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, California, and was a 10-year veteran of the Marines. He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff's personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat V, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.