The Department of Defense announced today the identities of two soldiers whose status has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. The soldiers failed to respond to a radio check on June 25, South of Balad, Iraq. A search party was sent to the location of their last radio transmission. The soldiers are:
Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, 37, of Linden, N.J. and Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, 27, of Columbus, Ohio.
Both soldiers are assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. The search is still ongoing.