Friday, March 09, 2007

NM family mourns paratrooper’s death in Iraq - NM family mourns paratrooper’s death in Iraq: "BELEN, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico family is mourning the death of an Army paratrooper who was killed while serving in Iraq.
Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Perkins was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Perkin is being remembered by his family as an energetic outdoor enthusiast and someone who knew the consequences of serving his country.
Perkin’s family says he had planned a career in the military and was to be promoted to sergeant when he died.
The family was informed that Perkins died while on patrol in Samarra, the capital of the Salahuddin province. They were told he was likely killed by an improvised explosive device.
The Defense Department has yet to confirm Perkins’ death, but the military has said six soldiers of the 82nd Airborne were killed Monday in a bombing in Salahuddin province.
It was the single largest loss of life in the past three years of combat for the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based unit.

Note: The following was released March 8, 2007 by DoD.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Justin M. Estes, 25, of Sims, Ark.
Staff Sgt. Robert M. Stanley, 27, of Spotsylvania, Va.
Sgt. Andrew C. Perkins, 27, of Northglenn, Colo.
Spc. Ryan M. Bell, 21, of Colville, Wash.
Spc. Justin A. Rollins, 22, of Newport, N.H.
Pfc. Cory C. Kosters, 19, of The Woodlands, Texas.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.

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