Department of Defense Identifies Casualties


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

Spc. Tofiga J. Tautolo, 23, of Wilmington, Calif., died May 27, in Bati Kot, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

Tautolo was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at 719-526-752

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

They died May 28, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their helicopter crashed. The Soldiers were assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany.

Killed were:

Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Va.;

For more information the media may contact U.S. Army Europe public affairs office at 49/622-157-3181.


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