SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Chief Warrant Officer James B. Wilke 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. Chief Warrant Officer Wilke’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.

Chief Warrant Officer James B. Wilke, 38, of Ione, CA, died October 10, in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, TX. Wilke was supporting Operation New Dawn.