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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 462-11
June 01, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

              They died May 29, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

              Killed were:

              Capt. Joseph W. Schultz, 36, of Port Angeles, Wash.

              Staff Sgt. Martin R. Apolinar, 28, of Glendale, Ariz.

              Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo, 25, of Riverside, Calif.

              For more information the media may contact the U.S. Army Special Forces Command at 910-432-6005.