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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 293-07
March 16, 2007

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

         The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
         Lance Cpl. Steven M. Chavez, 20, of Hondo, N.M., died March 14 from a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  Chavez’s death is currently under investigation.
        Chavez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.   For further information in regard to this release the media can contact the Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office at (760) 725-5044.

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