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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 852-10
September 20, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

                 Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, Brighton, Ill., died Sept. 18 at Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was struck by machine gun fire.  He was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

                 For more information the media may contact U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005 or http://news.soc.mil .