Nevada governor orders flags flown half staff in memory of Tahoe soldier killed in Iraq | SierraSun.com

Nevada governor orders flags flown half staff in memory of Tahoe soldier killed in Iraq

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Army Sergeant Timothy M. Smith of South Lake Tahoe, 25, was killed Monday in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, LA.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has issued the following statement regarding the death of Sergeant Smith:

“I would like to offer the State of Nevada’s most sincere thanks and heartfelt condolences to Sergeant Smith’s family and friends during this difficult time. I truly hope that as everyone who knew him copes with his death, they find some comfort knowing that the State of Nevada, and the entire country, is safer because of his sacrifice. Sergeant Smith’s death in Iraq should be a sober reminder to each of us to be thankful to those serving throughout all branches of our military.”

Smith listed South Lake Tahoe as his hometown, which is where his mother currently resides. His father lives in Reno. In honor of Sgt. Smith, flags at the Nevada State Capitol will be flown at half staff beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9.