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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 959-11
November 17, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died Nov. 16, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

            Killed were:

            Spc. James R. Burnett Jr., 21, of Wichita, Kan.; and

            Pfc. Matthew C. Colin, 22, of Navarre, Fla.

            For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Alaska public affairs office at 907-384-2072/1542.

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