Airman found dead in home at Altus Air Force Base identified

Staff Sgt. Robert Alvarez, a loadmaster assigned to the 58th Airlift Squadron was found dead in his home at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy Wentworth)

An airman whose body was found in his Altus Air Force Base residence earlier this week has been publicly identified.

Staff Sergeant Robert A. Alvarez of the 58th Airlift Squadron was found in his home by Security Forces on Monday at around 8:18 AM.

The 97th AMW Commander made a statement, which was released by the Wing’s Public Affairs Team.

“Robert served as a loadmaster with the 58th Airlift Squadron and he will be missed,” Colonel Eric Carney said. “It burdens me to lose any member of the 97th Family. Every member is an essential part of our 97 AMW team. Please join me in conveying our deepest condolences to his family, friends, the 58th Airlift Squadron and all who were close to him.”

Staff Sergeant Alvarez’s brother, Master Sergeant Andres Alvarez, was stationed at Altus Air Force Base alongside his sibling earlier this year, although it is unknown if he currently remains with the installation.

The incident is being handled by the Office of Special Investigations.

(Editor’s note: It was originally reported that the “97th AMW commander released a statement;” this was incorrect. It was released by the public affairs office.)

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