Airman from N.H. dies in Qatar

A U.S. Air Force carry team transfers the remains of Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller of Richmond, N.H., on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

RICHMOND — An aircraft maintenance crew chief from New Hampshire has died while serving with the U.S. Air Force overseas, the Department of Defense said.

Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, of Richmond died Friday in a non-combat incident at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, according to the DOD.

Miller, who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. He had served for more than four years as crew chief maintaining C-17 Globemaster III cargo transport planes, the Air Force said.

“The 436th Airlift Wing extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Miller family, friends and fellow Airmen,” Col. Joel Sefranek, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing, said in a statement on Saturday.

“Staff Sergeant Albert Miller’s passing is a true loss for Dover Air Force Base and the Air Force. He was a positive force in his unit and made valuable contributions to multiple contingency and humanitarian operations around the world. He will be missed by all.”

Miller’s remains arrived at the Dover base on a transport flight Sunday. Details about the incident that led to his death were not available.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, offered her condolences on social media Sunday.

“Heartbreaking to learn of the death of Staff Sergeant Albert Miller of Richmond, NH while serving our nation overseas,” Shaheen posted on Facebook and Twitter. “His family is in my thoughts. New Hampshire joins with them in their grief and is grateful for their sacrifice.”