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Release No: 154-12
March 02, 2012

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

             They died Mar. 1, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire during an attack on their base.  They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

             Killed were:

               Staff Sgt. Jordan L. Bear, 25, of Denver, Colo., and

               Pfc. Payton A. Jones, 19, of Marble Falls, Texas.

            For more information media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs at 910-432-0661.

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