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DoD identifies airman who died in non-combat incident in Syria

The Defense Department on Thursday released the name of a security forces airman who died in Syria while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, died Tuesday in northern Syria in a non-combat related incident. Bieren, who was from Umatilla, Oregon, was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

Officials did not immediately release any additional information about what happened to Bieren, but an initial news release said the death appeared to be the result of natural causes.

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Laurabeth Messimer