SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pfc. Scott G. Barnett of Concord: “Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Private First Class Scott Barnett. Scott was a brave soldier who dedicated his life to protecting his fellow citizens. He served our nation proudly and on behalf of all Californians, we honor his sacrifice. Our hearts are with Scott’s family, friends and fellow soldiers during this difficult time.”

Barnett, 24, died January 28 in Tallil, Iraq, of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations. Barnett was assigned to the 412th Aviation Support Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army, Katterbach, Germany.

In honor of Pfc. Barnett, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.