US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2,059

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As of Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at least 2,059 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is the same as the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,710 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 119 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,333 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

—Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, of Kettering, Ohio, died March 16 in Kandahar, Afghanistan; assigned to 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

—Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, of Greensboro, N.C., died March 13, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from injuries sustained during a noncombat-related incident on March 3, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

—Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz., died March 13 in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained on March 10 while conducting stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan; assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.

—Five soldiers died March 11, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa, assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La., assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Md., assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla., assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla., assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

—Two soldiers died March 11, in Jalrez District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when they were attacked by small arms fire. Killed were: Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel, 28, of South Miami, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

—Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn, 43, of Bossier City, La., died March 7 as a result of a noncombat-related incident at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia; assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

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