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January 12, 2006

Even AAFES pays a price in the war.

AAFES - the Army and Air Force Exchange Service - runs the Post Exchange system, the retail stores operated on military installations the profit from which funds Morale Welfare and Recreation services, vice your tax dollars. They follow the troops, and show up surprisingly fast in combat zones.

And they suffer casualties.

DoD Identifies Department of Defense Civilian Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Department of Defense civilian who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Darren D. Braswell, 36, of Riverdale, Ga., died Jan. 7 near Tal Afar, Iraq, when the

UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed. Braswell worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

For further information related to this release, contact the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs at (214) 312-3861.

As a soldier who did his share of deploying and really appreciated the efforts of AAFES personnel on our behalf, I thought it important to note Mr. Braswell's death, and to send word forward to make a place at the Stammtisch at Fiddler's Green.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

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