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***MEDIA RELEASE***Team Travis deployed Airman dies in noncombat-related incident

Active duty Air Force woman and man in uniform outside in a desert location.

Capt. Kelliann Leli, left, 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron, and Capt. Jimmy Leli, 6th Air Refueling Squadron, take a photo together at a deployed location in Southwest Asia. This was the couple's last photo taken together. The Department of Defense announced the death of Kelliann Nov. 28, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

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.”

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.

For more information, media may contact the 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office during duty hours at 707-424-2011, after hours at 707-290-1169 or email 60AMWPA@us.af.mil.

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