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NJ airman’s death at Texas base under investigation, officials say

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz, 19th Air Force commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, departs to his aircraft on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 7, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Steven R. Doty/U.S. Air Force)

Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old airman from New Jersey who was found in his dormitory at a Texas Air Force base on Monday.

Airman 1st Class Jerry Nolasco-Peralta, a native of Paterson, was found dead at the Laughlin Air Force Base, located in Del Rio, Texas.

He was assigned to the 47th Comptroller Squadron as a financial management technician, officials said.

“This loss weighs heavy on every member of our Laughlin family,” said Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends and co-workers of our beloved member. As we work through this tragedy, our focus is on ensuring our leaders take a moment to personally engage their Airmen and uplift one another during this difficult time.”

Nolasco-Peralta is survived by his mother, stepfather, brother and grandmother, officials said.

The Laughlin Air Force Base serves as a flight training school for military pilots.


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