(NEW JERSEY) — On behalf of all New Jersey residents, Governor Philip D. Murphy ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Air Force Captain Kelliann Leli of Parlin, Middlesex County, NJ. Captain Leli died November 27th in a non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Captain Leli was only 30 years old.
At the time of her death, Captain Leli was assigned to the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California. She was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, a continuation of the Global War on Terrorism. In California, flags are also being flown at half-staff in her memory.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Larry Broadwell, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander said,“Our Al Dhafra family is grieving the tragic loss of Capt. Kelliann Leli. She was an exceptional medic, officer and teammate here and her incredible presence will be deeply missed. I ask our deployed community to look after each other during this difficult time, to warmly remember the positive impact that Capt. Leli had on our team and to keep her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.” While, Col. Corey Simmons, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander said, “our entire Travis family is beyond heartbroken over the tragic loss of our teammate, Kelliann.”
The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
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