A Cannon Air Force Base Airman was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, was assigned to the 26 Special Tactics Squadron.
Elchin was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Special Tactics Combat Controller on Aug. 7, 2012.
He then entered the two-year Special Tactics Combat Controller training program and was then assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Elchin was deployed to Afghanistan in August 2018.
“Dylan had an unusual drive to succeed and contribute to the team. He displayed maturity and
stoicism beyond his years, and was always level-headed, no matter the situation,” said Lt. Col.
Gregory Walsh, commander of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers go
out to Dylan’s family, fiancé, and friends. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”