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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1122-06
November 06, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of injuries suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicle Oct. 31 in Wygal Valley, Afghanistan.

            Killed were:

            Maj. Douglas E. Sloan, 40, of Evans Mills, N.Y.

            Sgt. Charles J. McClain, 26, of Fort Riley, Kan. He later died in Asadabad, Afghanistan.

            Pfc. Alex Oceguera, 19, of San Bernardino, Calif.

            Sloan and Oceguera were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

            McClain was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

            For further information related to this release the media can contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-5461.

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