A young, female US Air Force lieutenant was found dead Monday in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The circumstances surrounding 25-year-old Anais Tobar’s death are still not known.
CBS4 in Miami spoke to friends of the family who said that 6 officers came to the Tobar home Monday afternoon, to deliver the heartbreaking news to Anais’ parents.
The DOD is looking into the death and said in a statement that Tobar died of ‘non-combat-related injuries’.
Tobar was overseas in support of Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led operation against Islamic State. She was reportedly looking forward to coming home in a month to take a trip with her mom and dad.
Tobar enlisted in the Air Force after attending Florida State University, CBS 4 reported. She was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. According to Air Force Times, the squadron is responsible for maintaining the equipment for the largest F-15E Strike Eagle fighter wing in the Air Force.
Longtime friends of the Tobar family remember Anais as a remarkable young woman who “lit up a room” wherever she went.
Col. Christopher Sage, the 4th Fighter Wing commander, expressed condolences on behalf of the entire unit:
“The entire base joins me in sending our deepest sympathies to the Tobar family during this period of bereavement… The bonds that tie the Air Force family together are strong, both downrange and at home station. This tragedy affects us all; put your arm around those who are grieving, both personally and professionally.”
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