SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Department of Defense announced Saturday the death of a local airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Capt. David I. Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho, died Dec. 27, 2013, from wounds suffered when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Lyon, a five-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and had been stationed at Peterson since January 2010.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Capt. Lyon. The loss of life pains our team deeply. We are poised to assist his family and friends in their time of need and have support services in place to facilitate those needs," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander.
Lyon was serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos, while working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return to Peterson in February.
A high school classmate said Lyon changed his last name from 'Lissy' sometime after graduating from Sandpoint High in 2003.
Lyon competed in track and field for the Air Force Academy, setting an Academy record for a discus throw during a competition in 2006, according to Airforce Academy Athletics.
A memorial service to honor Lyon was being planned.