A Grass Valley man died Nov. 15 in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Staff Sgt. David P. Senft died Nov. 15 of a non-combat related injury at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. He is the first Nevada County casualty in Afghanistan.
Senft, 27, was a UH- 60 Helicopter repairman assigned to Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Senft graduated from Sierra Mountain High School in Grass Valley in 2001.
He joined the Army in March 2002 and arrived at Fort Campbell in May 2008.
"Staff Sergeant David Senft was a courageous soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of his death and will be forever grateful for his selfless service. On behalf of all Californians, we extend our sympathies to David's family and loved ones during this difficult time," wrote Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In honor of Staff Sgt. Senft, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.
His awards and decorations include: Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Northern Alliance Treaty Organizational Medal; Combat Action Badge; Basic Aviation Badge; Parachute Badge; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Army Service Ribbon.
Senft is survived by his wife, Private Alyssa S. Senft of Fort Lewis, Wash.; son Landon N. Ryan of Sardinia, Ohio; mother, Lee A. Snyder of Riverbank, Calif.; and father David H. Senft of Grass Valley, Calif.