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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 646-03
September 02, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today that Sgt. 1st Class Mitchell A. Lane, 34, of Lompoc, Calif., died on Aug. 29 in Afghanistan. Lane fell approximately 25 feet when he was conducting a fast rope infiltration into a known enemy cave complex. Lane died of his injuries.

Lane was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.