The head of the Air Force's Total Force Service Center in Denver died on Saturday after conducting his physical fitness test the day before, according to the Air Force.

Maj. Elgin "Rick" Ross, 47, became unresponsive during his test on Friday at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, according to a news release.

Ross, who was assigned to Air Reserve Personnel Center headquarters, was taken to the University of Colorado Hospital on Friday. He was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m. the following morning, the release said.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Maj. Elgin Ross died the day after conducting his physical training test. He became unresponsive during the test and was taken to a hospital.

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"We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend," Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore, ARPC commander, said in the release. "ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick's wife and children are taken care of now and in the future."

The major had served in the Air Force for 24 years and was assigned to Air Reserve Personnel Center this year. As the chief of the Total Force Service Center Denver, Ross was responsible for the center's customer support services to 1.3 million Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired airmen, the release said.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ross is survived by his mother, his wife and three children.

Charlsy Panzino covers the Guard and Reserve, training, technology, operations and features for Army Times and Air Force Times. Email her at  

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