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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 696-07
June 04, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 30 in Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed apparently due to enemy fire. They were assigned to the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
 
            Killed were:
 
            Chief Warrant Officer Christopher M. Allgaier, 33, of Middleton, Wis.
 
            Chief Warrant Officer Joshua R. Rodgers, 29, of Carson City, Nev.
 
            Staff Sgt. Charlie L. Bagwell, 28, of Lake Toxaway, N.C.
 
            Sgt. Jesse A. Blamires, 25, of West Jordan, Utah.
 
            Sgt. Brandon E. Hadaway, 25, of Valley, Ala.
 
            For more information related to this release the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661; after hours (910) 303-0691.