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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 624-10
July 16, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                 The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                 They died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire. 

                 Killed were:

                 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, 23, of Apple Valley, Minn.

                 Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout, 34, of Worthville, Ky.

                 Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga. 

                 1st Lt. Goeke and Staff Sgt. Stout were assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

                 Staff Sgt. Tate was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

                 For more information, the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661 or 910-432-0662.

                 CORRECTION:  July 19, 2010 - 1st Lt. Goeke’s home of record is Apple Valley, Minn.

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