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Air Force Captain dies after PT training at Eglin Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mason Wells, 6th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender boom operator, holds an American Flag in the boom of a KC-10 while flying over Maj. Brent Burklo’s funeral July 16, 2019, near San Antonio, Texas. Burklo was a KC-10 pilot at the 6th ARS who died July 10, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer. The flag was flown in Burklo’s honor and given to his family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)
August 22, 2019

An Air Force Captain died of health complications following a standard physical training test Saturday, according to an Air Force press release.

Stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base, Capt. Tranay Lashawn Tanner, 29, died following a fitness test on Friday after exhibiting health complications, Air Force Times reported.

She was taken to the Eglin Hospital at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

“Due to the serious nature of her condition, she was transferred to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. She passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, at approximately 1:30 a.m.,” the release stated.

Her cause of death is currently under investigation.

“I am deeply saddened over Tranay’s death,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Stevens, AFOTEC commander, in the news release. “The pain of her absence has touched each and every one of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tranay’s family, her friends and our fellow Airmen during this difficult time.”

“Tranay was a consumate leader and mentor, having an immediate impact on everyone around her.” Stevens said. “We were honored to have her as a colleague and friend. Her passing is a tremendous loss for us and the Air Force.”

Tanner, who is an Air Force Academy graduate, just recently arrived at Eglin, according to a base spokeswoman.

A family member of Tanner’s shared details via Facebook of her funeral services in Michigan and Indiana, which will be held Saturday and Monday.

The news of Tanner’s death comes just a few months after a string of deaths of airmen, with some also dying shortly after PT training.

Stationed at South Carolina’s Shaw Air Force Base, Senior Airman Amalia Joseph, 32, and Senior Airman Aaron Hall, 30, died on May 26 and June 1, respectively.

They both experienced medical emergencies following their PT training.

Two days after Hall’s death, the commander of Shaw’s 20th Fighter Wing, Col. Derek O’Malley, suspended all PT testing at the base.

Later, he launched an investigation into what caused their deaths.

The investigation is still ongoing at the time of publication.