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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 021-11
January 08, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

             They died January 5 of wounds suffered at Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device.

            Killed were:

            Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Pharris, 48, of Seymour, Mo.  He was assigned to the Missouri National Guard Agri-Business Development Team IV, Jefferson City, Mo.

            Spc. Christian J. Romig, 24, of Kenner, La.  He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

             For more information on Sgt 1st Class Pharris, the media may contact the Missouri National Guard public affairs office at 573-638-9846.

             For more information on Spc. Romig, the media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-9966.