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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 849-09
October 29, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Oct. 26 of wounds suffered when the MH-47 helicopter they were aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan. 

 

Killed were five soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.:

 

Chief Warrant Officer Michael P. Montgomery, 36, of Savannah, Ga.

 

Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons, 40, of Spokane, Wash.

 

Staff Sgt. Shawn H. McNabb, 24, of Terrell, Texas.

 

Sgt. Josue E. Hernandez Chavez, 23, of Reno, Nev.

 

Sgt. Nikolas A. Mueller, 26, of Little Chute, Wisc.

 

Also killed were two soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.:

 

Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger, 32, of San Diego.

 

Staff Sgt. Keith R. Bishop, 28, of Medford, N.Y.

 

For more information media may contact the Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005; after hours 910-689-6187, or visit http://news.soc.mil.