A service member with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve died in a non-combat related incident in Erbil, Iraq, May 4.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but COVID-19 is not suspected, officials said in a media release.

It is CJTF-OIR policy to defer casualty identification to the relevant national authorities after the next of kin have been notified.

The service member is the seventh to die this year supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the fight against ISIS and the second to die in a non-combat incident in Erbil.

Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty, 44, from Bowie, Maryland, died in a non-combat incident March 30, Defense Department officials said in a statement. No details of the death were released and the incident is under investigation, the statement added.

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Howard Altman is an award-winning editor and reporter who was previously the military reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and before that the Tampa Tribune, where he covered USCENTCOM, USSOCOM and SOF writ large among many other topics.

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