Wednesday, October 07, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 779-09 October 07, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died October 3rd in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires. They were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, 25, of Savannah, Ga
Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 27, of Tucson, Ariz
Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24, of Applegate, Calif
Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of South Portland, Maine
Sgt. Michael P. Scusa, 22, of Villas, N.J.
Spc. Christopher T. Griffin, 24, of Kincheloe, Mich
Spc. Stephan L. Mace, 21, of Lovettsville, Va
Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson, 22, of Reno, Nev

For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-7525; after hours (719) 526-5500.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

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