Peterson Airman dies of suspected natural causes while deployed in Syria

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- An Airman based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs died in a non-combat related incident while deployed in northern Syria.

Staff Sgt. Austin L. Bieren, 25, a security forces Airman, died from suspected natural causes, the Air Force said.

"Staff Sgt. Bieren was a valuable and beloved member of our team and will be sorely missed," said Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander. "His dedication to his country was evident in his actions -- he was a superb Airman." 

Bieren, of Umatilla, Oregon, entered the Air Force in November 2010, and had been stationed at Peterson since June 2014. 

A memorial service for Bieren will be announced once scheduled.

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