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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 608-10
July 13, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

                The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died July 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Commandpublic affairs office at 910-440-0770.

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