27-year-old Hanford soldier killed in Iraq

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Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias

HANFORD, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A 27-year-old south Valley soldier was killed in Iraq.

The Department of Defense says Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford was killed Wednesday while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma was also killed.

Roberts was assigned to the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Gov. Newsom and his wife extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time. In memorial, Gov. Newsom ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. 

1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of Specialist Mendez Covarrubias following the rocket attack on March 11 at Camp Taji, Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Adam S. Camarano, commander, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. “Specialist Mendez was a cherished signal support systems specialist in 1-227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. The regiment and his fellow Soldiers are grieving the loss of a true warrior. Command Sergeant Major Travis Eicher and I would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Specialist Mendez Covarrubias. His loss is felt across the our formation and he will not be forgotten.

The incident is under investigation.

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