SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Staff Sgt. Dunning’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.
Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning, 31, of Milpitas, CA, died October 27 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Dunning was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.