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Minnesota National Guard Soldier Dies in Iraq

News Advisory
For immediate release

March, 24th 2007

Minnesota National Guard Soldier Dies In Iraq

IED Explosion Claims Life of Frazee Resident

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Minnesota National Guard Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Sergeant Greg N Riewer, Age 28, of Frazee was killed during a vehicular patrol on Friday, Mar 23 at approximately 5:30 pm Iraq time He was on patrol in Fallujah with Soldiers of the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry when his vehicle was struck by an IED Three other Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were injured in the accident

"The loss of SGT Riewer is a tragedy, "said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, "he was proudly serving his State and Nation in a combat zone when he was taken from us It is with a heavy heart that I once again ask the citizens of Minnesota to remember this Soldier and his family in their prayers"

Members of the media are invited to a press conference at 7 pm on Saturday, Mar 24th at the Minnesota National Guard Headquarters, Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th Street, St Paul, Minn 55155 See Map Col Kevin Gutknecht, the Rear Detachment Commander of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team will make a statement to the media

The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from the Minnesota National Guard Headquarters on Saturday, March 24th after the press conference

NOTICE TO NEWS EDITORS:

-The family requests that media inquiries be directed to the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office at 651-268-8961 The family does not wish to be contacted by the media

- Funeral service details will be provided as they become available

- visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for up-to-date information

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Maj Patricia Baker, 651-268-8961 (Office), 661-775-5875 (Cell)

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