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Eielson Airman dies: cause of death under investigation

Senior Airman Elijah Evans

Dated photo of then-Airman 1st Class Elijah Evans. The aiguillette, or "Yellow Rope" seen in the photo signifies Airman Leaders during their technical training. The Yellow Rope signifies select airmen as Flight Leaders who are typically responsible for all airmen assigned to a dormitory floor and who have greater responsibility and supervision authority. (Photo Courtesy of Elijah Evans' Facebook)


An Airman assigned to Eielson Air Force Base was pronounced deceased in the parking lot of a restaurant in North Pole yesterday, February 4th.


The deceased, Senior Airman Elijah Evans, 23, was assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron and hailed from Waldorf, Maryland. He joined the Air Force on May 10, 2016, and arrived to Eielson, his first duty assignment, in November of 2016.


"We are heartbroken to have lost a valued member of our team yesterday," said Col. Benjamin Bishop, 354th Fighter Wing commander. "Eielson considers itself a family and the loss of Elijah is felt by each of us deeply. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and are with all those affected by this tragedy."


The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by the North Pole Police and other local authorities, but foul play is not suspected.


For Eielson members affected by this loss, please contact the Mental Health office at 907-377-3071, the Base Chapel at 907-377-2130, or the Airman and Family readiness Center at 907-377-2178.


For more information, contact the Eielson AFB Public Affairs Office by phone at 907-377-2116, 907-388-8185, or by email at 354fw.pa.publicaffairs@us.af.mil.