Air Force Wife Injured in Brussels Attacks Dies

MILCOM — WASHINGTON — The wife of an Air Force officer caught at Brussels Airport during the recent terrorist attacks there died as a result of her injuries, according to news reports.

Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, was the wife of Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. The Martinez family was at the airport March 22 when terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State group detonated suitcase bombs near the security screening and check-in area.

Martinez is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and one of four Americans killed in the Brussels attacks. Her husband and four children remain hospitalized. Air Force officials declined to confirm reports of her death, citing privacy concerns.

On tributes posted to the social media websites Twitter and Facebook, family members grieved the loss of Martinez, whom they remembered as “fearless.”

“Our family is still in shock over the loss of our family member Gail,” her cousin Edwina Minglana posted to Twitter. “#Brussels.”

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