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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 557-12
July 02, 2012

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  They were assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, 32, of Hamilton, Ohio, and

            Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Ark.

            For more information, media may contact the III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Office at 254-286-5139.