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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1173-06
November 17, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

     The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Nov. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations.

     Killed were:

     Col. Thomas H. Felts Sr., 45, of Sandston, Va. He was assigned to the Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

     Spc. Justin R. Garcia, 26, of Elmhurst, N.Y. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

     For further information on Felts' death the media can contact the Fort Leavenworth public affairs office at (913) 684-1718.

     For further information on Garcia's death the media can contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0168.

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