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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

August 26, 2005
Release Number: 05-08-37C



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO KILLED DURING INCIDENT AT ALI BASE

ALI BASE, Iraq – At 11:59 a.m. on Aug. 26, three unidentified individuals drove a truck the wrong way into the outbound lane and broke through the first entry control point barrier on Base Camp Adder.

Airmen from the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Soldiers from the 56th Brigade Combat Team opened fire on the vehicle whose occupants had tried to gain unlawful entry. Two of the unidentified individuals were killed and one was injured.

The injured person was taken to the installation’s hospital for treatment. The individual is currently in stable condition and medical authorities expect a full recovery.

No Coalition forces were killed or injured in the incident.

“The professionalism of the men and women, who quickly responded to this incident, prevented any harm to the more than 9,000 Air Force, Army and Coalition members on and around this installation,” said Col. Michael J. Nowak, 407th Air Expeditionary Group commander.

“Security forces personnel flawlessly executed their job in service to the nation and met the challenge of providing force protection of the installation’s perimeter,” he added.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Ali Base is home to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, which operates C-130 Hercules and is located near the town of An Nasiriyah, Iraq.


For more information concerning this release, please contact U.S. Air Force 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs Office Ali Base, Iraq at 407AEG.PA@tlab.aorcentaf.af.mil

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