The Defense Department on Tuesday identified an airman who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State group, in the Central Command theater.

1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, 25, died July 18 of non-combat related injuries in Southwest Asia, the Defense Department said in a release. The cause of death has not been released. The Defense Department did not specify where the incident occurred. 
Tobar, a Miami, Florida native, was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The maintenance squadron, part of the 4th Maintenance Group, Air Combat Command, is responsible for equipment maintenance for the largest F-15E Strike Eagle fighter wing in the Air Force, according to the base.

The squadron has 600 personnel.

Oriana Pawlyk covers deployments, cyber, Guard/Reserve, uniforms, physical training, crime and operations in the Middle East and Europe for Air Force Times. She was the Early Bird Brief editor in 2015. Email her at

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