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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 098-06
February 03, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 1, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV.  The soldiers were assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

            Killed were:

            1st Lt. Garrison C. Avery, 23, of Lincoln, Neb.

            Spc. Marlon A. Bustamante, 25, of Corona, N.Y.

            Pfc. Caesar S. Viglienzone, 21, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

            For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.