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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 534-12
June 26, 2012

DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

            Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears, 23, of Arlington, Va., died June 23 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. 

            For more information media may contact the Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213. 

Correction: June 28, 2012 -- Lance Cpl. Coti-Sears' last name has been corrected from Cotisears to Coti-Sears.