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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 532-11
June 20, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

               Pfc. Brian J. Backus, 21, of Saginaw Township, Mich., died June 18, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

               For more information, media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286.