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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1296-06
December 19, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Staff Sgt. Henry K. Kahalewai, 43, of Hilo, Hawaii, died Dec. 15 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of wounds suffered Nov. 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.

            Pfc. Joe L. Baines, 19, of Newark, N.J., died Dec. 16 at Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

            For further information related to Kahalewai's death, contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0154.

            For additional information on Baines' death, contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993.