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U.S. airman dies from 'non-combat' injures in Quatar

By Amy R. Connolly
U.S. airman dies from 'non-combat' injures in Quatar
A 42-year-old airman assigned to Al Udeid Air Base, seen above, was found dead Saturday as a result of a "non-combat related incident," the U.S. Department of Defense said. Maj. John D. Gerrie was from Kansas. A dozen 2,000-pound joint direct attack munitions sit inside a warehouse at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Bombs are built by hand by airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron’s Munitions Flight. Photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/U.S. Air Force/UPI

ABU NAKHLAH, Qatar, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A 42-year-old airman assigned to a Qatar airbase was found dead as a result of a "non-combat related incident," the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Maj. John D. Gerrie, 42, of Nickerson, Kansas, was found dead about 5 p.m. Saturday at Al Udeid Air Base, officials said.

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Gerrie was assigned to 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. He was in Qatar under Operation Freedom's Sentinel, the United States' continuing security presence in Afghanistan.

Details about Gerrie's death have not been released.

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