MOUNTAINHOME -- The Department of Defense has released the identity of the Mountain Home A.F.B. pilot killed Wednesday while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Military officials say Capt. Francis D. Imlay, 31, of Vacaville, CA., died March 28 at 9:06 a.m. in an accident involving an F-15 aircraft near a base in Southwest Asia.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Imlay was assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Bold Tigers from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

Officials from Mountain Home Air Force base say Imlay -- whose call sign is Piston -- died from injuries suffered during the crash.

MHAFB Commander Col. Ron Buckley shared a prepared statement with the media expressing his condolences to Imlay's family.

It is with a heavy heart I inform you we lost a valued member of the Gunfighter family yesterday, Buckley said. Today we mourn the loss of one of our warriors, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers during this time. He was a true professional and his dedication to the Gunfighter family will not soon be forgotten.

More than 300 Mountain Home AFB Airmen remain deployed in support F-15E overseas contingency missions designed to deliver combat air power for joint operations and to meet ground commander requirements.

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