Loss of cadet marks 3rd death this year at Air Force Academy
Stars and Stripes May 3, 2023
Officials are investigating the death of a 25-year-old cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the third cadet from the institute to die this year.
Cadet 2nd Class Jesse Fimian, of Brookfield, Mass., was found dead Sunday night by emergency responders, the academy said in a news release Tuesday.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is handling the inquiry into the death, the release said.
“Jesse started his Air Force career as an enlisted munitions systems specialist and completed the Academy Prep School before joining the Class of 2024,” the academy said in a Facebook post Tuesday.
He had been a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, according to the release.
Fimian was majoring in political science with a goal of joining the U.S. Space Force, the academy said.
“Today, we are saddened by the death of one of our own at our Academy,” superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark said in the release.
“Jesse will be remembered for his contributions in Cadet Squadron 27 and his passion for space operations,” Clark said. “I send my deepest sympathy to Jesse’s family at home and his newly found family and friends here at USAFA.”
The loss follows that of Cadet 1st Class Cole Kilty, 22, who died off-campus in early March from a self-inflicted injury, according to the coroner’s report.
Kilty was set to graduate in June as a second lieutenant with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, according to his LinkedIn profile.
In January, Cadet 3rd Class Hunter Brown, 21, died on his way to class from a blood clot stemming from a weeks-old foot injury, according to the coroner’s report.
Brown, who majored in management and minored in French, helped the Falcons’ football team notch back-to-back 10-win seasons.