00:12 GMT25 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A member of the US Air Force has died in a non-combat incident in the United Arab Emirates, the US Defense Department announced in a statement.

    "The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel [OFS]. Captain Kelliann Leli, 30, of Parlin, New Jersey, died November 27 in a non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates," the Saturday statement says.

    No further details on the incident were provided, but the defence department said an investigation is underway.

    According to the DOD, Kelliann Leli was assigned to the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron at the Travis Air Force Base in California.

    Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) is part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.

    Earlier, the US Air Force (USAF) released a list of six bases where it could potentially place US Space Command, the headquarters of the US Space Force (USSF).

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