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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 292-11
April 11, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Staff Sgt. Jose M. Caraballo Pietri, 32, of Yauco, Puerto Rico, died April 10 in Badghis province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany.

            For more information, media should contact the U.S. Army Europe public affairs office by e-mail at ocpa.pi@eur.army.mil or by phone at 011-49-6221-57-6647.

            UPDATE:  April 12, 2011 -- Sgt. Caraballo Pietri was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

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