Hattiesburg, MS – Congressman Steven Palazzo, Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District Representative, released the following statement upon hearing of the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Coater Debose of Stateline, Mississippi. Debose died of injuries from small arms fire while conducting security force assistance operations.

“Soldiers like Sgt. Debose risk their lives every day to serve their country and leave the world a better place. Today, the Army, the Camp Shelby family, and the entire state of Mississippi mourn his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”

Sgt. 1st Class Debose, 55, of Stateline, Mississippi, died on August 19, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire. He was a communications specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, 158th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, U.S. Army Reserve, Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He deployed in April 2012 to assist and train Afghan uniformed police in and around Kandahar.

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A Republican representing the Fourth District of Mississippi, Steven Palazzo serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Space & Aeronautics Subcommittee on the Science, Space and Technology Committee.