Active Duty Airman Found Dead Near Laughlin Air Force Base

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In a somber announcement from Laughlin Air Force Base, officials confirmed the tragic death of an active-duty Airman. The incident occurred near a railway off the base in Val Verde County, with the discovery reported to base security forces around 9 a.m. CST on April 16, 2024.

Colonel Kevin A. Davidson, the commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin, expressed profound sorrow over the loss. “We tragically lost a member of our Air Force and Laughlin family,” he stated. “Our hearts and prayers are with the family and all those that knew him. Our top priority is to support the grieving family, friends, and loved ones struggling with this loss.”

The identity of the deceased Airman is being withheld, adhering to protocol that requires a 24-hour period following the notification of next of kin before releasing the name publicly. This measure ensures that the family’s privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time.

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Investigation into the Cause of Death

The Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the cause of death. As this is an ongoing investigation, details remain limited, but authorities are committed to thorough and transparent reporting as they work to uncover the circumstances surrounding the incident. Further information will be made available on the Laughlin Air Force Base website and through their social media platforms.

Community and Support Efforts

The loss has undoubtedly cast a shadow over the community at Laughlin Air Force Base, known for its close-knit and supportive environment. The base leadership and support services are mobilizing to assist those affected by this tragedy, providing counseling and support to help the Air Force family navigate through their grief.

For those seeking more information or needing support during this time, contact details have been provided for both the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office and the Laughlin Air Force Base Public Affairs office.

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This tragic event reminds us of the challenges and risks faced by those who serve in the military and the impact such losses have on their communities. As the investigation proceeds, the priority remains to support the bereaved and to honor the memory of the fallen Airman.

For ongoing updates and more information, please visit the official Laughlin Air Force Base website or contact the base’s Public Affairs office directly.

Contact Information:

  • Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office: (830) 774-7513
  • Laughlin Air Force Base Public Affairs: (830) 298-5262 or

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