Capt. Sara Knutson Cullen

Capt. Sara Knutson Cullen, 27, of Eldersburg, died Monday in Kandahar, the Pentagon said in a release. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army / March 17, 2013)

Gov. Martin O’ Malley has ordered the U.S. and Maryland flags at state facilities flown at half-staff on Monday to honor Army Capt. Sara M. Knutson, a helicopter pilot from Eldersburg who died last month in Afghanistan.

Knutson, 27, was one of five soldiers killed March 11 in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training near Kandahar, the Pentagon said.

A 2003 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Knutson is the only Marylander to die in Afghanistan this year.

She was one of two service academy graduates from the state killed in air crashes on March 11.

Navy Lt. j.g. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, 26, a 2009 graduate of the Naval Academy from Ellicott City, died with two crew members when the EA-6B Prowler she was piloting crashed during training near Spokane, Wash.

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