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Air Force chief master sergeant dies in Kuwait

Chief Master Sgt. Tresse King, 374th Force Support Squadron superintendent, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 26, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

An Air Force chief master sergeant died in Kuwait this week, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Chief Master Sgt. Tresse Z. King, 54, died Tuesday in a non-combat-related incident at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, a Department of Defense news release stated.

No further details about the cause of King’s death were provided, as “the incident is under investigation,” the news release stated.

King was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, which is a mission to “defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability,” the Inherent Resolve website states.

Services for King are pending with Lawrence Jackson Funeral Home in Laurinburg.

She worked as squadron superintendent with the 96th Force Support Squadron based in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, since October 2019.

According to King’s records, her first assignment was in 1992 at Pope Air Force Base.

She remained at Pope until August 1999.

Her other duty stations included assignments in Korea and at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, and Yokota Air Base in Japan.

According to a 2016 University of Colorado article, King was promoted to chief master sergeant during a collegiate basketball halftime ceremony on Veteran’s Day at the school where her son played basketball. Her son and daughter were in attendance.

“I’ve always had people who treated me well and taken care of me; now it’s my turn to help take care of people,” King said in 2016.

King’s campaign awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air Force Legacy Service Award, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Medal and other good conduct awards, the release said.

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