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February 19, 2012

Defense Department identification of U.S. military personnel who died in Afghanistan, Bahrain and Djibouti:

Cesar Cortez, 24, of Oceanside; private first class, Army. Cortez was killed Feb. 11 in a noncombat-related vehicle accident in Bahrain — an archipelago of 36 islands off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia — where he was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

Kyler L. Estrada, 21, of Maricopa, Ariz.; petty officer third class, Navy. Estrada died of a gunshot wound Tuesday during a training exercise in Djibouti — a northeast African nation on the Gulf of Aden at the southern entrance to the Red Sea — where he was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A Navy hospital corpsman, he was assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton.

Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, of North Arlington, N.J.; lance corporal, Marine Corps. Montes De Oca was killed by a sniper Feb. 10 in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Jerry D. Reed II, 30, of Russellville, Ark.; sergeant, Army. Reed died of undisclosed causes Thursday in southeast Afghanistan's Paktika province, on the Pakistani border. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Sources: Department of Defense, Associated Press

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