Monday, June 25, 2012

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualty

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

Maj. Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, N.Y., died Jun. 22 in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

The Third Infantry Division's public affairs office said Voelke died from non-combat-related injuries. They said the matter is under investigation and more details will be released once the inquiry is complete.

A member of the 1998 graduating class at West Point, Voelke was in the middle of a nine-month deployment that began in February. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He had also served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Voelke had been in the Army for 14 years and during that time was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, in addition to an Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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