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

  No. 064-06
IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2006

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties


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


            The airmen were killed Jan. 22, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy escort duties in the vicinity of Taji, Iraq.


            Killed were:


            Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton, 32, of Miami, Okla.


            Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.


            Both airmen were assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.


            For further information related to this release, contact the Elmendorf Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at (907) 552-5756.



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