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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1152-10
December 15, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

               Staff Sgt. Justin E. Schmalstieg, 28, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Dec. 15 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

               For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Logistics Group public affairs office at 760-763-0141.

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