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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 447-11
May 27, 2011

DOD Identifies Air Force Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, Iowa.  He was assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.  For more information, media may contact the 52nd Fighter Wing public affairs office at 011-49-171-331-4921.

            Tech. Sgt. Kristoffer M. Solesbee, 32, of Citrus Heights, Calif.  He was assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  For more information, media may contact the 75th Air Base Wing public affairs office at 801-645-7073.