Andersen Air Force Base is home of the 36th Wing, part of 11th Air Force, on Guam.

Andersen Air Force Base is home of the 36th Wing, part of 11th Air Force, on Guam. (Alex Wilson/Stars and Stripes)

An airman assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron died Wednesday while deployed to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, according to the Air Force.

Senior Airman Marcus Jordan, 28, was discovered unresponsive on Andersen and later pronounced dead around 2:30 p.m. after receiving medical attention, according to a next-day news release from the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

The cause of death is under investigation, the release said.

A spokesman for Andersen’s 36th Wing, Staff Sgt. Jordan Garner, referred all questions to the 23rd Wing.

A spokesperson for the command, headquartered at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, Ga., did not immediately respond to an email and a phone call requesting comment Thursday evening.

“Senior Airman Jordan exemplified the very best of what it means to live by our values: courage, dedication, and selflessness. His commitment to service served as an inspiration to us all,” 23rd Wing commander Col. Paul Sheets said in the release. “Any loss of a teammate leaves a void in our hearts and in our unit that will be deeply felt.”

The 38th Rescue Squadron, which includes Air Force para-rescuemen, or PJs, operates as a combat rescue unit. The squadron primarily works with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and HC-130 Combat King search-and-rescue aircraft, according to its website.

As a “Guardian Angel” unit, the 38th focuses on personnel recovery and regularly works alongside NASA, according to the website.

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Alex Wilson covers the U.S. Navy and other services from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., he holds a journalism degree from the University of North Florida. He previously covered crime and the military in Key West, Fla., and business in Jacksonville, Fla.

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