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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 026-11
January 10, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Pfc. Robert J. Near, 21, of Nampa, Idaho, died Jan. 7 at Kandahar, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 86th Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

            For more information, the media may contact the Fort Huachuca public affairs office at 520-533-1287.