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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 995-03
December 31, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Staff Sgt. Michael J. Sutter, 28, of Tinley Park, Ill., was killed Dec. 26 in Baqubah, Iraq. Sutter was attempting to render safe an improved explosive device when it detonated.  Sutter was assigned to the 745th Ordnance Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion, Army National Guard, based in Grayling, Mich.

            This incident is under investigation.