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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 783-12
September 28, 2012

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

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

            They died Sept. 26, in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near their patrol. These Soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany. 

            Killed were: 

            Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Ariz., and 

            Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, 28, of Lakehurst, N.J. 

            For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Europe public affairs office in Heidelberg, Germany at 011-49-162-271-6685.