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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 829-08
October 01, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualities

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Sept. 29 in Yakhchal, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device during mounted operations.   They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
 
            Killed were:
 
            Capt. Richard G. Cliff Jr., 29, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
 
            Sgt. 1st Class Jamie S. Nicholas, 32, of Maysel, W.Va.
 
            Sgt. 1st Class Gary J. Vasquez, 33, of Round Lake, Ill. 
 
            For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005, or go to the following Website: http://news.soc.mil/.