Sacramento, California - On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 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.
Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, of Glendale, CA, died January 28 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident that is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS. Sgt. Stifter was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. Sgt. Stifter’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.