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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 415-02
August 12, 2002

SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN AFGHANISTAN

The Department of Defense announced today that Sgt. 1st Class Christopher James Speer, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., died on Aug. 7 as the result of wounds received in action in Afghanistan on July 27.

Speer was one of five soldiers wounded in the same incident and had been evacuated to Germany for medical care. The other four soldiers' injuries were not life threatening.

Speer was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.