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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1112-10
December 04, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

                Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode, 45, of Kirtland, N.M., died Dec. 2 at Sabari District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1457th Engineer Battalion, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

                For more information, the media may contact the Utah National Guard public affairs office at 801 432-4407 or 801 420-4778.

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