Thursday, June 28, 2012

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualty

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

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Leach, 29, of Ferndale, Mich., died June 26, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1/334th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 104th Training Division (Leader Training), Fraser, Mich.

Staff Sgt. Leach enlisted in the Army in 2003 and served until 2008, with two tours of duty in Iraq. He then entered the Army Reserve and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

A spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Leach was found unresponsive and the cause of death was not immediately known. His death is under investigation at this time.

He is survived by a wife and infant son.

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