An airman assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan, died Dec. 13 after finishing a training mission at Andersen AFB, Guam, according to an Air Force release. The airman was found unresponsive during post-flight inspections; the cause of death is under investigation. The 374th AW had traveled to Guam for Operation Christmas Drop, a humanitarian relief event in which Air Force planes drop critical supplies and donated goods to 56 remote Micronesian islands. The Air Force has not released the name of the airman.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.