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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 836-11
September 29, 2011

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

                1st Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, of Clarksboro, N.J., died Sept. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. 

                This incident is under investigation. 

                For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the MCAS New River public affairs office at 910-449-5430.