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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: July 2, 2012 4:37:08 PM CDT

Death of Fort Hood Soldier

Sergeant Michael Joseph Strachota

FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Sergeant Michael Joseph 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, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, since September 2011.

Strachota deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to October 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2011.

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 Ribbon, NATO Medal and Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation.

There is currently no photo available. If one becomes available, this release will be updated at

For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
Media Relations
(254) 286-5139
1001 761st Tank Battalion Ave
Suite W105
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]