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Immediate Release

DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was deployed with the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron.

Staff Sergeant Dennis F. Melton, 27, of Waverly, Tennessee, died February 18 in a non-combat related incident at the Nigerien Air Base 101 in Niamey, Niger. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 20th Security Forces Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. For more information, media may contact the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at (803) 895-2019 or