Staff Sgt. Tristan Blake Jarvis, an airman at Osan Air Base in South Korea who was reported absent from duty July 9, has been found and is safe.
In a release Tuesday, Osan said that Jarvis, of the 51st Force Support Squadron, safely reported in at the base at about 4:15 p.m. that day.
“Team Osan is grateful to have Staff Sgt. Jarvis return to his Mustang family,” Col. John Gonzales, commander of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing, said in the release. “We want to thank our security forces teams, the Korean National Police, our Republic of Korea community partners, and the base community for quickly coming together and helping us locate him safely.”
Before his disappearance, Jarvis was last seen near Osan’s fitness center the afternoon of July 8. Osan reported him absent the next day and began search operations.
In a follow-up email sent Wednesday, after this story was originally published, Osan said that Jarvis “returned on his own volition following encouragement from his family and commander.”
“The 51st Fighter Wing’s main concern is that we provide Staff Sgt. Jarvis the proper care required for his wellbeing,” 1st Lt. Daniel de La Fé, head of public affairs for the 51st, said in an email, adding that further details will not be released at this time to protect the privacy of Jarvis and his family.
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 Military.com. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.