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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 499-10
June 16, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

                The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

                Spc. Christopher W. Opat, 29, of Spencer, Iowa, died June 15 in Baquah, Iraq of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

                The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

                For more information the media may contact the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0147 or 253-967-0152.