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    U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

    As of Monday, March 5, 2012, at least 1,909 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

    Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 15,451 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Feb. 29, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

    Latest identifications:


    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus, 22, Greenville, Miss., died Feb. 1 , 2012 when he was shot by a member of the Afghan Security Forces in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


    Army Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner, 49, Fairfax, Va., died Feb. 3, 2012 of natural causes in Kabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas.


    Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton, 42, Tupelo, Miss., died Feb. 7, 2012 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 223rd Engineer Battalion, 168th Engineer Brigade, Mississippi National Guard, West Point, Miss.


    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, North Arlington, N.J., died Feb. 10, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


    Army Pfc. Cesar Cortez, 24, Oceanside, Calif., died Feb. 11, 2012 in a vehicle accident in Bahrain. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas.


    Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada, 21, Maricopa, Ariz., died Feb. 14, 2012 as a result of a non-combat training incident in Djibouti. He was a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.


    Army Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II, 30, Russellville, Ark., died Feb. 16, 2012 in Paktika province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.


    Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Paris S. Pough, 40, Columbus, Ga. died Feb. 17, 2012 during a port visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was a hull maintenance technician assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), home-ported in San Diego, Calif.


    Air Force Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, Colorado Springs, Colo., died Feb. 18, 2012 when his U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. He was a pilot assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


    Air Force Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, Upper Marlboro, Md., died Feb. 18, 2012 when his U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. He was a missions system operator assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


    Air Force Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, Newnan, Ga., died Feb. 18, 2012 when his U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. He was a pilot assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


    Air Force 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, Bend, Ore., died Feb. 18, 2012 when his U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. He was a combat systems operator assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


    Army Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr., 28, Noble, Okla., died Feb. 21, 2012 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


    Army Sgt. Joshua A. Born, 25, Niceville, Fla., died Feb. 23, 2012 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came under small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Ga.


    Army Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr., 22, Roanoke, Va., died Feb. 23, 2012 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit came under small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Ga.


    Air Force Lt. Col. John D. Loftis, 44, Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 25, 2012 from gunshot wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan.


    Army National Guard Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, 48, Baltimore, Md., died Feb. 25, 2012 from gunshot wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Division Security Partnering Team of the Maryland Army National Guard, Baltimore, Md.

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    General is Highest-Ranking American to Die in Afghanistan


    Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner (Photo credit: U.S. Army)


    February 3, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas — A 49-year-old brigadier general died of apparently natural causes in Afghanistan, the Army said Friday, the highest-ranking soldier to die during the war.

    Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner was identified as the first of that rank to die in Afghanistan since the war began there in 2001, NBC News reported.

    The New Haven, Conn.-born Hildner, who listed Fairfax, Va., as his home, took command of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) on Aug. 19, 2010, the Army said. He deployed to Afghanistan in December from Fort Hood.

    The circumstances surrounding Hildner’s death are still under investigation, NBC News said.

    When Hildner did not show up for a meeting Friday morning, a member of his staff went to his room and found him there, NBC News said. He was unresponsive and efforts to resuscitate him were not successful. …

    A 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Hildner began his career as an armor officer with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Army said he later served in Germany in the last U.S. patrols of the East-West German border before reunification, and in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. He was also in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also led troops in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    From July 2007 to July 2009, Hildner commanded the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, Va., training more than 20,000 soldiers annually for deployment in support of contingency operations across the globe.

    In 2009, he was the Combined Arms Support Command’s director of training and doctrine.

    The Army listed Hildner’s awards: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, U.S. Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Southwest Asia Medal with 2 bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

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