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Release No: 237-11
March 24, 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 22, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. 

                Killed were:

                Staff Sgt. Joshua S. Gire, 28, of Chillicothe, Ohio.

                Pfc. Michael C. Mahr, 26, of Homosassa, Fla.

                They were assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany.

                For more information the media may contact the 21st Theater Sustainment Command public affairs office at 49-631-413-8184.

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