Airman from Connecticut dies after non-combat incident
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department says an airman from Connecticut has died after being injured in a non-combat incident in the United Arab Emirates.
The department announced Friday that 26-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. James Grotjan, of Waterford, died Thursday at a medical center in Germany.
Officials say he was injured in a non-combat incident at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday as part of the U.S. mission to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Defense Department did not disclose how he was injured.
Grotjan was assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
The Day newspaper reports he was a 2010 graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester.