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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 412-10
May 19, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died May 18 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their convoy with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. 

                Killed were:

                Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of New Jersey, assigned to the U.S. Army Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.;

                Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.;

                Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio, assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.;

                Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; and

                Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.

                For more information on McHugh, media may contact U.S. Army Battle Command Training Program PAO at 913-683-4118.

                For more information on Bartz and Belkofer, media may contact 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) PAO at 315-408-3087.

                For more information on Tieman and Tomlinson, media may contact U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army PAO at 011-49-6221576315.

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