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Airman Who Died in Kuwait in Non-Combat Incident Identified

FILE - A Staff Sgt. salutes a fallen warrior memorial May 19, 2017, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (U.S Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)
FILE - A Staff Sgt. salutes a fallen warrior memorial May 19, 2017, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. (U.S Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday identified the service member who died this week in Kuwait in a non-combat incident.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, died Tuesday while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Board, of Barboursville, West Virginia, was assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, West Virginia, the release said.

His death marks the third Air Force non-combat casualty this year while supporting the fight against ISIS.

In March, Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, 25, was injured while performing maintenance duties with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing in Jordan. Morrow, assigned to the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, was loading bombs onto an aircraft before one slipped and collided with her.

That same month, Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren died of natural causes while supporting combat operations in northern Syria. The 25-year-old security forces airman was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

The news marks the fourth death of a U.S. service member in the Middle East in recent days supporting various missions.

Two service members supporting Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan died Wednesday after a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a NATO convoy outside Kandahar.

On Thursday, a NATO soldier was killed when a suicide bomber attacked his patrol, which was conducting a partnered mission with the Afghan National Army in Qarabagh District, Kabul Province. Six personnel and one interpreter were also wounded.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at Oriana0214.

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