WASHINGTON - Military deaths reported by the Pentagon on Tuesday included the first Air Force member to be killed in action in Iraq since March and only the fifth since the invasion a year earlier.Thanks, Sergeant Peters.
Staff Sgt. Dustin W. Peters, 25, of El Dorado, Kan., was killed July 11 near a U.S. base dubbed Summerall, near the town of Bayji, which is about 155 miles north of the Iraqi capital. A brief Pentagon announcement gave no other details except to say he was killed by "enemy action."
Peters was assigned to the 314th Logistics Readiness Squadron, based at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
The Air Force has had nine deaths in Iraq--four in combat and five from non-combat causes. That is fewer than any of the other services. As of Monday, the Army had 662, the Marines had 185, and Navy had 19 and the Coast Guard had one. Two Pentagon civilians also have been killed.
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