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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1048-11
December 29, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

                They died Dec. 27, in Paktia, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. 

                Killed were:

                                Sgt. Noah M. Korte, 29, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.,

                                Spc. Kurt W. Kern, 24, of McAllen, Texas, and

                                Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire, 20, of Easley, S.C. 

                For more information related to this release, the media may visit http://www.forthoodpresscenter.com or contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at 254-287-9993 or 254-287-0106.