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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 510-10
June 21, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

           The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died June 16 at North Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            Killed were:

            Spc. Joseph D. Johnson, 24, of Flint, Mich., and

            Pfc. Gunnar R. Hotchkin, 31, of Naperville, Ill.

            For more information, the media may contact the Fort Bragg/18th Airborne Corps Public Affairs Office at 910-396-5600.