An airman assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, was found dead in his off-base residence on Tuesday, according to an Air Force release.

The airman, whose name has not been publicly released, was assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City.

"This is a tragic loss for Ellsworth, and our most heartfelt condolences go out to the family," Col. Gentry Boswell, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, said in the release. "The loss of one of our airmen is a loss to all of us, and we are focused on caring for the airman's family during this difficult time."

The cause of death is under investigation, and the airman's name will be released after his family has been notified.


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