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Release No: 345-11
April 25, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner, 37, of Greencastle, Pa., died April 23 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information, media may contact U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005.

            UPDATE:  April 27, 2011 -- Sgt. 1st Class Bitner was posthumously promoted to master sergeant.

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