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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 609-07
May 18, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Whitaker, 23, of Long Beach, Calif., died May 15 in Qalat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. Whitaker was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
 
            For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005.

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