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SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding the death of Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Wagstaff of Orem.

"Jeanette and I extend our sincere condolences to the family of Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Wagstaff. This young man placed service above self as he sought to bring peace and stability to a troubled land."

The 34-year-old officer was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

News of Officer Wagstaff's death comes less than a week after Army Sgt. Aaron Kramer, of Cottonwood Heights, was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sept. 16.

"We mourn the loss of these two Utah servicemen. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the families of Sgt. Kramer and Chief Warrant Officer Wagstaff."

Funeral services for Sgt. Kramer are scheduled for Saturday. Governor Herbert has directed that flags throughout the state fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day in his honor.

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