UPDATE: Airman dead after being hit on a bicycle by “support vehicle”

Officials with the 354th Fighter Wing reported the death Saturday
Name released of Airman who died in a cycling accident
Name released of Airman who died in a cycling accident(Eielson Air Force Base)
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 3:25 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 1:24 PM AKDT
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UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers have released 2 names of the men involved in an incident that happened Aug. 1, 2020.

Officials say on August 1, 2020, around 5:50 a.m., AST received a report from a motorist saying he hit two people on bicycles near mile 125 Steese Highway, about 2.8 miles west of Central.

The two bicyclists were 37-year-old Maj. Michael M. Gentry, 354th Contracting Squadron commander and 39-year-old Jay M. Butler (EAFB). Gentry died from his injuries and Butler had only minor injuries.

During an investigation, AST reported the two cyclists and the driver were traveling as a group. The three were taking turns riding bicycles and driving the “support vehicle”, a 2015 Dodge Ram truck. The report goes on to say, “the driver inadvertently struck Butler and Gentry as he was following them on the Steese Highway.”

The accident is under investigation and AST will release the name of the driver when the investigation is complete.

Original story:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Officials say they are investigating an accident involving three different airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson.

Officials say the accident happened off-base. Alaska State Troopers arrived at the scene early Saturday morning and pronounced one airman dead, while another was injured. The severity of their injuries was not released publicly in the statement from the base Saturday afternoon.

“Airmen are family here at Eielson, and losing an Airman is incredibly heartbreaking for our entire community,” said 354th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Shawn Anger in a prepared statement. “Our hearts are with the family and friends who will be impacted by this tragedy.”

The identity of the airman has not yet been released and will be withheld until 24 hours after next of kin is notified.

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