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DOD Identifies Five Army Casualties, July 30, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 30, 2012.  The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 28 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy, small arms fire.  These soldiers were assigned to the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Killed were:

Sgt. 1st Class Bobby L. Estle, 38, of Lebanon, Ohio, and

Pfc. Jose Oscar Belmontes, 28, of La Verne, Calif.

 

The Department of Defense also announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez, 25, of Turlock, Calif., died July 27, in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan. 

Pleitez was assigned to 1072nd Transportation Company, 746th Combat Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, Van Nuys, Calif. 

 

The Department of Defense also announced today the death of two additional soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 26 in Khakrez, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they encountered an enemy improvised explosive device.  These soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Killed were:

1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs, 23, of Redding, Calif., and

Sgt. John E. Hansen, 41, of Austin, Texas.

Source: defense.gov

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