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

  No. 1333-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 28, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers, who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. 


            They died in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 26, when their Apache helicopter collided with another military aircraft in mid-air and then crashed.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


            Killed were:


            Chief Warrant Officer Richard M. Salter, 44, of Cypress, Texas.


            Chief Warrant Officer Isaias E. Santos, 28, of Ancon, Panama.


            The incident is under investigation.


            For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.



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