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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 820-11
September 25, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died Sept. 23 in Wardak, province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

            Killed were:

            Sgt. Rafael E. Bigai Baez, 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico and

            Pfc. Carlos A. Aparicio, 19, of San Bernadino, Calif.

            For more information, the media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286 or via email at Julie.cupernall@us.army.mil .