U.S. Air Force Identifies Airmen Involved in Fatal Shooting Incident at Grand Forks AFB

The U.S. Air Force identified the two Airmen killed in the June 1 fatal shooting incident in a dormitory at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota, on June 3.

The deceased were identified as Airman First Class Natasha Raye Aposhian, 21, assigned to the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Airman First Class Julian Carlos Torres, 20, assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron.

Natasha Aposhian was killed in the dormitory during the incident and Julian Torres was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving. Aposhian’s family earlier told that their daughter was a victim of domestic violence.

“This is heartbreaking,” said Col. Cameron Pringle, 319th Reconnaissance Wing commander. “I cannot begin to express the sorrow and pain I feel on behalf of these units and the families affected by this tragedy.”

Natasha Aposhian, a native of Arizona, was assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base in April of this year where she worked as an Aircraft Parts Store Apprentice. Julian Torres, a native of Texas, was assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base in December of 2019, where he worked as an Installation Entry Controller and an Internal Security Response Team Member. This was the first duty station for both members, and neither had deployed.

According to a statement from the USAF 319th Reconnaissance Wing, the investigation into this incident is ongoing and is expected to continue for the coming weeks.

Immediately after the incident, 21 Airmen were moved out of the affected dormitory. The disaster mental health team, an emergency response service, was mobilized to provide support for Airmen in the dormitory as well as everyone else who may be affected by this tragic event.

“There will be a wide range of responses to an event like this,” said Maj. Lateasa Reed-Jackson, Mental Health Flight commander. “This may trigger some other negative memories or be multiplied by other life stressors. Mental health is available for non-documented counseling and support for our Airmen in distress.”

Grand Forks AFB is a USAF installation in northeastern North Dakota, located north of Emerado and 16 miles (26 km) west of Grand Forks.

The host unit is the 319th Reconnaissance Wing (319 RW) assigned to the Air Combat Command (ACC) operating E/RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) role. The wing comprises two groups and nine squadrons operating globally.

Additionally, the 319th supports the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO)–North Dakota Air Branch and its National Air Security Operations Center that operate MQ-9 Reapers out of Grand Forks AFB.

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