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Release No: 480-10
June 10, 2010

DOD Identifies Air Force Casualties

                  The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                  They died June 9, near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, in a helicopter crash. Killed were:

                  Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

                  1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, of Grass Lake, Mich., assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

                  Staff Sgt. David C. Smith, 26, of Eight Mile, Ala., assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base.

                 Senior Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, of Erwin, Tenn., assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

                  For more information on Flores and White, media may contact the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base public affairs office at 520-228-3407.

                  For more information on Gentz and Smith, media may contact the Nellis Air Force Base public affairs office at 702-652-2750.