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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 636-12
July 30, 2012

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died July 28 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy, small arms fire.  These soldiers were assigned to the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y.

            Killed were:

            Sgt. 1st Class Bobby L. Estle, 38, of Lebanon, Ohio, and

            Pfc. Jose Oscar Belmontes, 28, of La Verne, Calif.

            For more information pertaining to this release, please contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-7267.