Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Van Nuys Soldier
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. David J. Almazan of Van Nuys.
"Sgt. Almazan displayed tremendous courage and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Maria and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to David's loved ones. Californians are deeply grateful for his bravery and dedication to service."
Almazan, 27, died Aug. 27 as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations in Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany.
In honor of Sgt. Almazan, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.