SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today in response to the death of Private First Class Aaron Thomas Nemelka.
"Utah joins the entire nation in grieving today for the servicemen and women killed and injured during yesterday's tragedy at Fort Hood in Texas. One of those brave victims was Private First Class Aaron Nemelka from West Jordan, a young combat engineer who was preparing to put his life on the line to protect the values that we hold dear.
"Jeanette and I extend our deepest condolences to Private First Class Nemelka's family, as well as all of the families affected by this senseless attack. We ought never forget about those who risk their lives every day, at home and abroad, to protect our freedoms."
Private First Class Nemelka enlisted in the Army in October 2008 and belonged to the 5/10th Engineering Company, 20th Infantry Battalion, 36th Engineering Brigade. He was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan in January.
Also injured in the attack was Private First Class Joey Foster of Ogden, Utah.
"We thank Private First Class Foster for his service, and send our prayers to him for a speedy recovery from his injuries," Governor Herbert said.
In honor of Private First Class Nemelka and all of those who lost their lives at Fort Hood, and in accordance with a White House proclamation, the Governor has authorized all state agencies to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah from now until sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 10.