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Team Travis-Deployed Airmen Dies in Noncombat-Related Incident

Capt. Kelliann Leli and spouse Capt. Jimmy Leli
Capt. Kelliann Leli and spouse Capt. Jimmy Leli on a deployed location in Southwest Asia within the last six months. This was the couple’s last photo together. (Photo: FAMILY)

Travis Air Force Base, CA-(ENEWSPF)- A physician assigned to the 60th Medical Group, David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center, died in a non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of the Airman who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Capt. Kelliann Leli, 30, of Parlin, New Jersey, died November 27 while deployed to Al Dhafra AB. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

“Our entire Travis family is beyond heartbroken over the tragic loss of our teammate, Kelliann,” said Col. Corey Simmons, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. “We are thinking of and praying for all her loved ones during this unfathomable time.”

Her husband Capt. Jimmy Leli “is a KC-10 Extender pilot in the 6th Aerial Refueling Squadron here at Travis Air Force Base, California,” said Capt. Amanda Farr, Chief, Public Affairs, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base.

Leli was assigned to the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Travis AFB, California. She arrived to Travis AFB in June 2016. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Leli earned her commission in 2012 before continuing her medical program. She was assigned to the Family Medicine Clinic at David Grant USAF Medical Center. This was Leli’s first deployment.

About Travis Air Force Base:  Travis is comprised of our host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, along with the 621st Contingency Response Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing and more than 50 partner organizations, with more than 26,000 Travis active duty, reservists and civilian employees assigned. The 60th Air Mobility Wing is the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force with a versatile fleet of C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo and KC-10 Extender refueling aircraft. As the host unit of Travis Air Force Base, the wing controls more than $11 billion in total resources and handles more cargo and passengers than any other military air terminal in the United States. Travis is the West Coast terminal for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients from the Pacific area. For more information, go to www.travis.af.mil.

This is an official release from the United States Air Force. We are grateful to the family for providing the photograph.


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