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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 216-11
March 17, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Staff Sgt. Travis M. Tompkins, 31, of Lawton, Okla., died March 16 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained on March 15, when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.  He was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

            For more information, the media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286.

            UPDATE:  March 18, 2011 -- Sgt. Tompkins was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

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