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Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:00 pm

FORT HOOD — Officials on Monday released the names of two soldiers who died June 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Robert Anthony Massarelli and Sgt. Michael Joseph Strachota were both deployed with the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, since November 2011.

Circumstances surrounding their deaths are under investigation, according to information from the III Corps public affairs office.

Massarelli, 32, whose home of record is Hamilton, Ohio, entered active-duty service in February 2001 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 96th Transportation Company since September 2011.

He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2004 to February 2005, August 2006 to September 2007 and January 2009 to January 2010.

Massarelli's awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, two Iraqi Campaign Medals with campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles.

Strachota, 28, whose home of record is White Hall, Ark., entered active-duty service in June 2007 as a motor transport operator. He arrived at Fort Hood in October 2007 and was assigned to 96th Transportation Company since September 2011.

He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to October 2009.

Strachota's awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and Driver and Mechanic Badge.

— Colleen Flaherty

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