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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 897-03
November 26, 2003

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

            Sgt. Major Phillip R. Albert, 41, of Terryville, Conn. was killed in a helicopter crash on Nov. 23 in Afghanistan.  Albert was onboard an MH-53 helicopter conducting combat operations when it crashed.

            Albert was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, N.Y.

            The incident is under investigation.