An airman assigned to the 31st Intelligence Squadron at Fort Gordon, Georgia, was found dead at work on Wednesday.

Tech. Sgt. Michael Clardy, a 34-year-old mission manager, died on duty at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at his work center, Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina said in a release Friday.

“This is truly a tragic time for each member of our squadron, having to say goodbye to a beloved colleague,” Lt. Col. Andy Freeman, commander of the 31st, said in the release. “This certainly weighs heavily on all of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow airmen during this terrible time.”

The Air Force did not say what caused Clardy’s death, though the release said foul play was not suspected. His death remains under investigation.

Clardy joined the Air Force in 2004.

The 31st Intelligence Squadron is part of the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.

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