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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1081-10
November 22, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

            Sgt. Jason T. Smith, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Nov. 19 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Branch, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Marine Corps Bases Japan, Iwakuni, Japan.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the MCAS Iwakuni public affairs office at 011-81-0827-79-5551 or e-mail them at iwakuni.pao@usmc.mil.