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Bowie resident dies in Iraq supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, incident was not combat-related

On Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced that 44-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty died March 30 in Erbil, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident.

Hilty was from Bowie, according to a media release from the DOD. According the media release, Hilty was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas.

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DOD said the incident is being investigated. Operation Inherent Resolve was established in 2014 by the Pentagon to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. A media release on the operation’s webpage said COVID-19 is not suspected as the reason for his death.

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