Barksdale remembers Airman Dye

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Story by Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE – Leaders from the 2nd Bomb Wing have confirmed the loss of a Barksdale airman.

Airman Alec Dye, a crew chief from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, went missing near Tarague Beach, Guam early on Dec. 1. On Dec. 3, remains were recovered on the beach near where he went missing, and on Dec. 4 those remains were confirmed to be Dye’s.

dye1-200x300“The news is beyond sad and our team is mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “As great as our pain is though, it pales in comparison to the loss that is felt by the Dye family and all of those who loved and knew Alec, and we want to ensure that they know that we are here to help them and support them in any capacity.”

Throughout the search for Dye, his unit’s squadron commander and U.S. Air Force officials remained in contact with his family. On Barksdale, chaplains and base mental health professionals provided resilience and support to those impacted by his loss.

While relatively new to the wing, Dye was well-regarded within the 2nd AMXS.

“Alec was an outstanding young Airman, and a B-52H Stratofortress crew chief,” said Lt. Col. Michael Hammack, 2nd AMXS commander. “He was progressing well in his upgrade training and was well on his way to becoming an outstanding aircraft maintainer. Alec was known for his eagerness to learn, his willingness to take on the toughest tasks, and his enthusiasm for his job as a B-52 mechanic. His bright personality and service to his country will have a lasting impact on us all.”

Throughout the near week-long search for Dye, a variety of Guam-based agencies were engaged in the recovery efforts, to include: the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Guam Police Department and Guam Fire Rescue. This level of support was not lost on 2nd Bomb Wing leadership.

“We want to express our gratitude to the more than 180 Guam individuals, both federal and local agencies, who were involved in the search and recovery efforts for Alec,” Goodwin said. “Their determination validates what we all know – that the life of every Airman is a precious thing.”