Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, was one of four Air Force members in the U-28 turboprop plane killed near Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, officials said Monday. They were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name for the global war on terror.
Scholten was assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to the Pentagon.
Also killed were Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field; and Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlick, 29, of Newnan, Ga., and 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore., both assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, the Pentagon said.
Camp Lemonnier is the U.S. base for antiterror operations in the Horn of Africa.