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Washington airman’s death investigated

Lt. Colonel Flando E. Jackson
Lt. Colonel Flando E. Jackson Washington National Guard

Military officials are investigating the death of airman from Washington who died while deployed to Southwest Asia.

Lt. Col. Flando E. Jackson, 45, died Aug. 4 from a non-combat related injury, according to the Department of Defense. No details were made available about how Jackson died.

Jackson left in July on a voluntary seven-month deployment with the Washington National Guard as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Jackson was assigned to the 194th Wing at Camp Murray.

In a news release, Maj. Gen. Bret Daughtery, the state’s adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard, said Jackson had a “remarkable military career and served his state and nation with distinction.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, who along with Flando’s fellow airmen and soldiers, are grieving a tremendous loss. They should be comforted knowing that he served his state and nation well, and leaves behind a tremendous legacy for his children,” Daughtery said.

Jackson’s military career spanned more than 24 years, with nearly 10 years spent with the Washington Air National Guard.

He also was a community corrections officer for the state Department of Corrections. He worked for the department for 13 years.

Department of Corrections Secretary Richard Morgan said in a prepared statement Jackson was known to have a smile on his face and “respectful demeanor for all people he encountered regardless of circumstance or situation.”

“Our agency’s thoughts are with his family during this difficult period of mourning,” Morgan said.

Brynn Grimley: 253-597-8467, @bgrimley