Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Huntington Park Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. Andres J. Contreras of Huntington Park:
"By voluntarily joining the armed forces, Sgt. Contreras courageously took on the risks of protecting our freedoms. Maria and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Andres' family and friends as they mourn his loss. We will keep them in our prayers."
Contreras, 23, died July 15 of injuries sustained when his HMMWV encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Combat Support Brigade, Fort Polk, LA.
In honor of Sgt. Contreras, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Cottonwood Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. Thomas B. Turner Jr. of Cottonwood:
"The loss of Sgt. Turner is a painful reminder of the price paid for our treasured freedom. Maria and I extend our sympathies to Thomas' loved ones. Californians are deeply grateful for his courage and his dedicated service to our country."
Turner, 31, died July 14 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on July 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Al Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Turner was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
In honor of Sgt. Turner, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.