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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 581-11
July 05, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

                 Staff Sgt. Michael J. Garcia, 27, of Bossier City, La., died July 4 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Fort Polk, La.

                 For more information, the media may contact Fort Polk public affairs office at 337-208-2526 or the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) public affairs office at 410-436-9533.