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Immediate Release

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

March 30, 2017

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, of Umatilla, Oregon, died March 28 in northern Syria in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

He was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

For more information, media may contact the 21st Space Wing public affairs office at 719-556-5185 or email