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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 596-06
June 23, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died on June 21 in Naray, Afghanistan.

Killed were:

Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury, 22, of Saint Joseph, Mo., died in the vicinity of Naray, Afghanistan, when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations.  Bradbury was assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig, 28, of Severn, Md., died when his UH-60 helicopter hoist malfunctioned while attempting to evacuate Pfc. Bradbury during combat operations.  Craig was assigned to the 159th Air Ambulance Medical Company, Wiesbaden, Germany.

The incident is under investigation.

Media with questions about Bradbury can contact the 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs Office at (315) 772-7634.

Media with questions about Craig can contact the 1st Armored Division Public Affairs Office at 011-49-611-705-4862/4859.

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