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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 527-09
July 19, 2009

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died July 17 in a F-15E crash near Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.
 
            Killed were:

            Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of Eagan, Minn.  He was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

            Capt. Mark R. McDowell, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo.  He was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

            For further information, please contact Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Public Affairs office at  (919) 722-0027.