Eielson chief master sergeant found dead

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A chief master sergeant at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was found dead Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to an Alaska newspaper.

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Wendt’s body was discovered in the Chena Lake Recreation Area and investigators have ruled out foul play, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday.

Wendt has served as group superintendent of the 354th Operations Group at Eielson since September, according to his official biography. During his 27-year military career, he has deployed to Iraq, Kosovo, the Philippines, Honduras and Japan.

…”He was an advocate for his airmen,” Brown told Air Force Times in an interview. “Kevin made sure his airmen were cared for and were thought of and given every opportunity to share their leadership abilities in the wing.”

Wendt was a mentor who enjoyed sharing his experiences with his airmen, Brown said. In one instance, Wendt helped mentor an airman who had been removed from his career field and was on his way to being separated.

Wendt is the second airman from Eielson to die within a month. Master Sgt. Richard Gustafson was found dead in his home May 14. He was assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing and served as a Tactical Air Control Party airman.

Full article: Eielson chief master sergeant found dead (Air Force Times)

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