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Airman, Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2007 – A U.S. airman and soldier were killed today, and two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported.

-- The airman, assigned to the 586th Air Expeditionary Group, was killed today during convoy operations in southern Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated and struck his vehicle.

-- A Multi-National Division Baghdad soldier was killed today during combat operations in a southern section of Baghdad.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier and a Multinational Division North soldier died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered from small-arms fire while conducting operations in Diyala province.

The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified an airman and 15 soldiers who died as a result of enemy action in Iraq or Afghanistan.

-- Air Force Senior Airman William N. Newman, 23, of Kingston Springs, Tenn., died June 7 south of Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device attack. He was assigned to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team of the 15th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Greg L. Sutton, 38, of Spring Lake, N.C., died June 6 in Baghdad of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device attack. He was assigned to the 212th Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Timothy B. Cole Jr., 28, of Missouri City, Texas, died June 6 in Sadah, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device attack. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-- Army Sgt. Matthew Soper, 25, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died June 6 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1461st Transportation Company (Combat Heavy Equipment), Michigan Army National Guard, Jackson, Mich.

-- Army Pfc. Shawn D. Gajdos, 25, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died June 6 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley.

-- Army Sgt. Andrews J. Higgins, 28, of Hayward, Calif., died June 5 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

-- Army Pfc. Timothy R. Vimoto, 19, of Fort Campbell, Ky., died June 5 in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Camp Ederle, Italy.

-- Army Pfc. Justin A. Verdeja, 20, of La Puente, Calif., died June 5 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Greg P. Gagarin, 38, of Los Angeles; Army Sgt. James C. Akin, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Army Sgt. Tyler J. Kritz, 21, of Eagle River, Wis.; and Army Sgt. Robert A. Surber, 24, of Inverness, Fla., died June 3 in Thania, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis.

-- Army Sgt. Kimel L. Watt, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died June 3 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Army Sgt. Caleb P. Christopher, 25, of Chandler, Ariz., died June 3 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Spc. Jacob M. Lowell, 22, of New Lenox, Ill., died June 2 near Gowardesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), 173rd Airborne Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Juan F. Campos, 27, of McAllen, Texas, died June 1 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades May 14 in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq, U.S. Central Command Air Forces and Defense Department news releases.)

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