YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Air Force has released the name of a Yokota-based airman who died Sunday at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
Senior Airman Jeremy M. Jutba-Hake, 22, of Hawaii, collapsed during post-flight duties following a training mission, an Air Force statement said. He was taken to U.S. Navy Hospital Guam where he was pronounced dead after 7 p.m.
The cause of death remains under investigation.
“This is a tragic and sad time for Team Yokota and Team Andersen — we lost a true warrior, a wingman and our friend,” Col. Douglas C. DeLaMater, 374th Airlift Wing commander, said in the statement. “Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies are with Jeremy’s family, friends and loved ones during this time of need. We share in your sorrow with love, friendship and support.”
Members of the 374th Airlift Wing left for Guam on Dec. 7 to participate in the annual Operation Christmas Drop, during which donated supplies were delivered to island villages and atolls scattered throughout Micronesia.
C-130 aircrews delivered by parachute nearly 40,000 pounds of humanitarian aid, executing more than 20 airdrops that will benefit more than 20,000 people in the Northern Marianas Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.