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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 223-11
March 20, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                 The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died March 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were allegedly shot with small arms fire by an individual from a military security group.  The incident is under investigation.  They were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. 

                Killed were: 

                Cpl. Donald R. Mickler Jr., 29, of Bucyrus, Ohio; and 

                Pfc. Rudy A. Acosta, 19, of Canyon Country, Calif. 

                For more information, media should contact the U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-5816 or by e-mail at ocpa.pi@eur.army.mil .

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