A US service member died of “suspected natural causes” on March 29 in Syria, US Central Command announced Wednesday. The name and service of the military member was not released, and there was no other information provided in a CENTCOM release. The US has deployed hundreds of troops to Syria to help allied forces in their advance against ISIS. The death is the second announced by the Pentagon, following the November death of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.