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Immediate Release

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

Feb. 9, 2020

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Both soldiers died February 8, 2020 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation. 

The deceased are:

Sgt. 1st Class* Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class* Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Both soldiers were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

For more information regarding Sgt. 1st Class Gutierrez and Sgt. 1st Class Rodriguez, media may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, Public Affairs Chief, US Army Special Operations Command, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

* indicates posthumous promotion