The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Mar. 15 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit during combat operations. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Blake M. Harris, 27, of Hampton, Ga.
Staff Sgt. Terry W. Prater, 25, of Speedwell, Tenn.
Sgt. Emerson N. Brand, 29, of Rigby, Idaho.
Pfc. James L. Arnold, 21, of Mattawan, Mich.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.