SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of Sgt. First Class David E. Metzger of San Diego:
“Sergeant First Class David Metzger was a courageous soldier who dedicated his life to defending our freedom and protecting his fellow Americans. His commitment to service is an inspiration to us all and his sacrifice will always be remembered. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I offer our condolences to David’s family and friends as they mourn this terrible loss.”
Metzger, 32, died October 26 of wounds suffered when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In honor of Sgt. Metzger, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.