Whiteman Airforce Base reports that one Airman is dead and another is missing.
Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, the 509th Bomb Wing Commander at Whiteman, says Wing officials are in contact with the families of the two Airmen and are offering any assistance possible, said the general.
The death occurred in Blanco, Texas, where one Airman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Blanco County Sheriff Department.
Wing officials are also working closely with civilian authorities searching a location in Missouri, in the vicinity of the last known whereabouts of the second Airman, who remains missing.
“We remain very concerned about our missing Airman and are working with civilian authorities to assist their search,” said the general. “We also keep the family and friends of that Airman in mind, and fully support them throughout this difficult time.
A mass meeting was held on base earlier today to talk to Team Whiteman members about the situation, according to officials.
The general also said that wing leaders, including chaplains and counselors, were poised to support those who know the deceased Airman, or the missing Airman. Both Airmen have residences on Whiteman.
Names of the Airmen are not currently releasable.