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Air Force identifies airman found dead along with his wife near Offutt Air Force Base
An airman found dead along with his wife in their home near Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been identified as Tech. Sgt. Zachary P. Firlik, Air Force officials said.
Firlik arrived at Offutt in April and served as assistant flight chief for the 55th Security Forces Squadron, said Ryan Hansen, a spokesman for the 55th Wing. He had joined the Air Force in June 2002.
His military awards include two Air Force Commendation Medals and the Air Force Achievement Medal, according to the Air Force Personnel Center.
Police found Firlik and his wife dead in their home around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday. They lived in the Rising View privatized housing area. No information about how they died was immediately available.
Both Hansen and a spokesman for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office would not confirm media reports that Firlik and his wife had been shot, deferring to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
An OSI spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.
On Firlik's Facebook page, he posted that he and his wife had been married since Aug. 11.
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