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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 791-10
September 01, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Aug. 30 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  All were based at Fort Carson, Colo. 

                 Killed were:

                 Capt. Dale A Goetz, 43, of White, S.D.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

                 Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, 30, of Cypress, Texas.  He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

                 Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Kessler, 32, of Canton, Ohio.  He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

                 Staff Sgt. Matthew J. West, 36, of Conover, Wis.  He was assigned to the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group.

                 Pfc. Chad D. Clements, 26, of Huntington, Ind.  He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

                 For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at 719-526-7525; after hours 719-526-5500.