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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 496-10
June 15, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

           The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

           Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, 24, of Smithville, Texas, died June 11 in Powrak, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.  He was assigned to the 264th Clearance Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information related to this release, the media may contact the XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-396-5600 or 910-396-5620.