According to the U.S. Department of Defense, First Lieutenant Anais A. Tobar, 25, was found dead in her room in the United Arab Emirates.
Tobar was in the Emirates with Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State. Authorities are still investigating her death.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Tobar lived on and off in Miami, Florida. She attended high school in Miami and college at Florida State University.
Mercy McGee, a longtime family friend, told the Miami Herald that six Air Force airmen notified Tobar’s family on Monday.
“There are not enough words to tell you what a loving and wonderful girl she was,” McGee told the paper. “She was God-fearing, deeply devoted to serving others and her country.”
Tobar was assigned to the Fourth Maintenance Squadron, based in Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She was deployed to Abu Dhabi, the capital of U.A.E., when she died
In statement to the family, Col. Christopher Sage, Fourth Fighter Wing commander at Seymour Johnson in North Carolina, offered condolences to the family.
“The entire base joins me in sending our deepest sympathies to the Tobar family during this period of bereavement,” he said. “The bonds that tie the Air Force family together are strong, both down-range and at home station. This tragedy affects us all; put your arm around those who are grieving, both personally and professionally.”
Tobar is survived by her mother, Ana Maria; her father, Angel and her brother, Alejandro.