EDWARDS AFB – The U.S. Air Force is investigating the death of an airman assigned to Edwards Air Force Base.
Senior Airman Joseph Connors of the 812th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, died after an incident that occurred Wednesday evening, according to a news release by Edwards Air Force Base Public Affairs.
“The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m., Aug. 23, near the base’s north gate on Edwards AFB property. The north gate entrance was closed for a period of time due to the investigation,” the news release states.
The news release gave no details on how Connors died.
The circumstances surrounding the death were not being released to the media at this time, a public affairs representative said Thursday afternoon.
According to the news release, Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, issued the following statement to the base populace Thursday:
“I’m heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our valuable teammates … Senior Airman Connors was one of our ‘rock star’ Airmen — Airman Leadership School distinguished graduate and our 2016 Wing Airman of the Year. He is survived by his active duty spouse, who is also a vital member of our wing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, our EOD team, and all those supporting in the wake of this tragedy.”
No further information was immediately available Thursday.