SACRAMENTO–Governor Gavin Newsom ordered flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol to honor a California Green Beret who died in combat while he served in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, CA, and Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Massachusetts died August 21, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. They were assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Master Sgt. Gonzalez’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the governor.