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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 053-09
January 23, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

             The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
            Sgt. Ezra Dawson, 31, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Jan. 17 in Konar Province, Afghanistan when the Chinook helicopter he was in made a hard landing under combat conditions. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
 
            The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
 
            For more information the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

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