Another Kadena-based airman found dead at home on Okinawa

Kadena Air Base is home to the 18th Wing in Okinawa, Japan.


By AYA ICHIHASHI | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 24, 2019

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An airman assigned to the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base was found dead Monday in his residence outside the installation in Japan’s southern island prefecture.

Other information, including the servicemember’s name and unit, was not available Tuesday.

“Details surrounding the death are under investigation,” Kadena officials said in a statement Monday evening. “The 18th Wing’s priority is notifying the Airman’s family members and ensuring members of the affected unit are directed to the appropriate helping agencies as needed.”

This is at least the fourth death involving a Kadena-based airman in less than a year.

On June 16, the body of a 353rd Special Operations Group member was found in a home off base. Details surrounding that death are still under investigation, officials said.

In late January, Kadena officials said the body of Airman 1st Class Jimmy Casillas, also a member of the 353rd Special Operations Group, was discovered in his on-base residence. A cause of death was not released.

On Aug. 21, the body of Tech Sgt. Don Sardin, 37, also of the 353rd Special Operations Group, was discovered in his off-base home. The cause of death was not released, but officials said foul play was not suspected.