Sacramento, California - On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, 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. Spc. Chaves' family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.
Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, 20, of Turlock, California, died December 20 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident that is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas. Spc. Chaves was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.