Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Deaths of Shafter and Turlock Soldiers
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the deaths of Staff Sgt. Ricardo Barraza of Shafter and Sgt. Dale Brehm of Turlock:
"California is saddened by the terrible loss of Staff. Sgt. Barraza and Sgt. Brehm. These brave soldiers valiantly sought to preserve and protect the cherished freedoms we are afforded. Maria and I send our sympathies to the Barraza and Brehm families. Our prayers are with them during their time of mourning."
Barraza, 24, and Brehm, 23, died March 18 of injuries sustained when they came under small arms fire by enemy forces during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA.
In honor of Staff Sgt. Barraza and Sgt. Brehm, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of San Bruno Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Pfc. Angelo A. Zawaydeh of San Bruno:
"Pfc. Zawaydeh showed extraordinary courage and commitment in serving his country. Maria and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Angelo's loved ones during this difficult time. His sacrifice is the embodiment of selfless service."
Zawaydeh, 19, died March 15 as a result of injuries when his traffic control point came under mortar attack during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
In honor of Pfc. Zawaydeh, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.