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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 702-10
August 06, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

                 Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, of Laconia, N.H., died Aug. 4 in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while his unit was conducting combat operations.  He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

                 For more information, media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005 or http://news.soc.mil .

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