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Airman found dead at Aviano Air Base

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, prepare to board an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing at Aviano Air Base in preparation for airborne operation onto Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, during a U.S. congressional staff delegation visit to Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 23, 2018. (Antonio Bedin/U.S. Army)
November 27, 2018

An American airman assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing was found dead on base early Monday morning, the Italian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

U.S. authorities and Italian officers responded to the scene shortly after the airman’s body was found at 1:12 a.m., the statement said. The cause of death is being investigated.

The identity of the airman has not been publicly released yet, but likely will pending notification of next of kin.

U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment Monday afternoon.


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