US Air Force Lieutenant Found Dead in Her Room in Mid East While Fighting ISIS

US Air Force Lieutenant Found Dead in Her Room in Mid East While Fighting ISIS

A US Air Force lieutenant stationed in the United Arab Emirates was discovered dead in her room. She was part of an anti-ISIS team. Authorities are now investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death as more information becomes available. This is what we know so far.


From the Daily Mail:

Friends say she was looking forward to coming home next month to see her family.

‘She told her mom on Saturday that when she came home she wanted to travel with her and her dad and take a trip. She was hoping for that,’ Mercy McGee told CBS News.

Six military men and women from the Air Force came to tell Tobar’s family of her death on Monday.

Col. Christopher Sage, the Fourth Fighter Winger commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base where Tobar was stationed prior to the anti-ISIS operation, offered his condolences to her family.

‘The entire base joins me in sending our deepest sympathies to the Tobar family during this period of bereavement,’ he said in a statement. ‘The bonds that tie the Air Force family together are strong, both down-range and at home station.

‘This tragedy affects us all; put your arm around those who are grieving, both personally and professionally.’

Tobar was in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve – the US military’s name for the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The mission authorizes U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to carry out airstrikes in both countries ‘as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat’ ISIS, according to the Department of Defense.

She was commissioned into the Air Force almost immediately after graduating. Friends say she had wanted to ‘see the world’.
The cause of Tobar’s death is unclear.

Officials told her family that an autopsy will be conducted once her body is returned to the United States, Orlando Sentinel reports.

She is survived by her mother Ana Maria, father Angel and brother Alejandro.

McGee, a longtime family friend, said Tobar would ‘just light up the room completely.’

‘There are not enough words to tell you what a loving and wonderful girl she was,’ McGee said. ‘She was God-fearing, deeply devoted to serving others and her country.’

What a tragic loss and at such a young age. I hope they find that she passed peacefully and without any foul play. Prayers of comfort going out to all those affected. RIP.

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