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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 742-06
August 03, 2006

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

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

            Sgt. Dustin D. Laird, 23, of Martin, Tenn., died on Aug. 2, in Al Qaim, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMMV during combat operations in Rawah, Iraq, on Aug. 1. Laird was assigned to the Army National Guard 913th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, Union City, Tenn.

       Media with questions about this soldier can contact the Tennessee National Guard public affairs office at (615) 313-0662.

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