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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 243-10
March 26, 2010

DOD Identifies Marine Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
                The following Marines died March 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan:
 
                Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Cottle, 45, of Whittier, Calif.
 
                Lance Cpl. Rick J. Centanni, 19, of Yorba Linda, Calif.
 
                Cottle and Centanni were assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4thMarine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
 
                For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the Marine Forces Reserve public affairs office at 504-678-0052 or the after hours contact number 504-235-6128.