Air Force captain, doctor killed in United Arab Emirates


A 30-year-old New Jersey woman serving as a captain in the Air Force was killed Friday in a “non-combat related vehicle incident” at the air base in United Arab Emirates.

Capt. Kelliann Leli, from Parlin, was serving with the the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron out of Travis Air Base, the Department of Defense said Saturday.

An investigation is underway at Al Dhafra Air Base into the cause of Leli’s death.

“Our Al Dhafra family is grieving the tragic loss of Capt. Kelliann Leli,” Brig. Gen. Larry Broadwell, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Commander, said in a statement.

“She was an exceptional medic, officer, and teammate here, and her incredible presence will be deeply missed. I ask our deployed community to look after each other during this difficult time, to warmly remember the positive impact that Capt. Leli had on our team, and to keep her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Col. Corey Simmons, the 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander, said the team at Travis Air Base is “thinking of and praying for all her loved ones during this unfathomable time.”

The Sayreville, New Jersey, church were Leli’s parents are parishioners said she will be buried in California where she and her husband, a combat pilot, lived.


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