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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 042-09
January 19, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Townsend, 30, of Solvang , Calif. , died Jan. 16 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan , of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg , N.C.
 
            The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
 
            For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005; (910) 689-6187 after hours, or visit (http://news.soc.mil).