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

  No. 704-07

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two airmen who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. They were both assigned as Special Agents to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Killed were:

Tech. Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer, 33, of Mishawaka, Ind.

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics, 25, of North Canton, Ohio.

For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Air Force OSI public affairs office at (240) 857-0989; after hours (240) 857-0393.

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