Sunday, December 29, 2013

Idaho Airman Dies In Afghanistan IED Blast

Posted By on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

A U.S. Air Force captain and former North Idaho track star was killed Dec. 27 in combat operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Witnesses said he died when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.

Capt. David Lyon—who used to be known as David Lissy when he lived in Sandpoint—was a 28-year-old member of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

According to the Bonner County Daily Bee, Lyon (aka Lissy) set shot put records in Sandpoint and at the Air Force Academy and was co-captain of the Air Force track and field team in 2008. His wife, Dana, was a two-time javelin champion.

According to the Associated Press, Lyon's convoy was traveling approximately one-half mile from a NATO base in Kabul when the attack occurred. The Taliban has already claimed that it was behind the bombing that killed two others and injured six.

Lyon was nearing the end of a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. He was due back home in about six weeks.

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