Sheriff Suspects Suicide in Death of Senior Enlisted Airman With Multiple Deployments; 2nd Death at AZ Base in a Month

Authorities Identify AZ Airman Found Dead

By Phil Benson
KPHO, Aug. 1, 2012

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, AZ (CBS 5) – Authorities have identified an airman assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base who was found dead late Tuesday afternoon.

The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office said Wednesday that Tech. Sgt. Steve Mangrum, 27, was found dead in his home around 5:30 p.m.

Mangrum was a native of Pflugerville, TX, and had been stationed at Davis-Monthan since April 2008. Mangrum had deployed in 2005, 2008 and 2011 in support of overseas contingency operations in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations.

“The Desert Lightning Team extends its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased airman,” said Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander.

The 355th Fighter Wing spokesman A1C Michael Washburn said Pima County Sheriff’s Department has ruled the death an “apparent suicide.”

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