SrA Elizabeth Loncki entered the Air Force in 2003, and graduated from NAVSCLEOD on 27 February 2004 before being stationed with the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah. In Iraq, she was assigned to the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and a member of the four-person Team Lima, which successfully executed 194 missions on the outskirts of Baghdad, resulting in the safe disarming of 129 IEDs.
SrA Loncki was one of three airmen on Team Lima killed by a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
She was born and raised in New Castle, Delaware, and attended Arizona State University before joining the Air Force.
“She wanted to do something good,” said her father Stephen Loncki. “She said I’m going to be on the EOD … because it’s the highest challenge that you can have in the Air Force, and I think I’m up to it.
In addition to her father, SrA Loncki is survived by her stepmother Christine Loncki and sister Olivia Loncki.
On Memorial Day 2008, Hill AFB dedicated a memorial to SrA Loncki and the other Team Lima members who died with her, TSgt Timothy Weiner and SrA Daniel Miller.