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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1028-10
November 09, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Nov. 7 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire.

            Killed were:

            Sgt. Aaron B. Cruttenden, 25, of Mesa, Ariz.

            Spc. Dale J. Kridlo, 33, Hughestown, Pa.

            They were assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information, media may contact the XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-309-2843.