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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 666-06
July 13, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

             Sgt. Irving Hernandez Jr., 28, of New York, N.Y., died in Mosul, Iraq, on July 12 when he encountered enemy small arms fire during combat operations.  Hernandez was assigned to the  1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Media with questions about this soldier can call the Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office at (907) 353-6620 or (907) 428-6032. 

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