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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 267-03
April 23, 2003

DOD IDENTIFIES AIR FORCE CASUALTY

The Department of Defense announced today that Maj. William R. Watkins III, 37, of Danville, Va., was killed in action April 7 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Watkins was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Watkins was the weapons system officer of an F-15E that went down April 7 during a combat mission in Iraq. The incident remains under investigation.

The pilot of the F-15E, Capt. Eric B. Das, was also killed when the aircraft went down.

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