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

  No. 219-07
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2007

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 23 of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, on Feb. 22.

All three soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hager, 29, of Broomfield, Colo.

Pfc. Travis W. Buford, 23, of Galveston, Texas, and

Pfc. Rowan D. Walter, 25, of Winnetka, Calif.

For further information related to this release, contact the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-5500.



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