DOD identifies Army casualties

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Department of Defense
News Release 

Christen

Christen

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

Staff Sgt. James Christen, 29, of Loomis, Calif., and Sgt. Jacob Molina, 27, of Houston, Texas, died July 19 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Both were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division.

Christen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart (both posthumous), the Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, an Army GoodConduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, an Iraq Campaign with Star, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Army Service Medal, a Noncommissioned Officer Profession Development Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, a NATO Medal, a Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

He enlisted in June 22, 2000, as an infantryman. This was Christen’s third deployment overseas. He previously served two tours in Iraq.

Molina

Molina

Molina’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), a Purple Heart (posthumous), a Combat Infantryman Badge (posthumous), the Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, an Iraq Campaign Medal with Star, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Molina enlisted in the Army February 15, 2007, as an infantryman. This was his second deployment. He previously served one tour in Iraq.

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