90th FGS, 3rd Wing mourn loss of Airman

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More information has been released regarding the 3rd Wing Airman killed during a workplace incident which occurred on Friday, March 15, 2024.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles A. Crumlett, 25, of Streamwood, Illinois, died in the line of duty on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Crumlett served as a weapons load crew chief for six years in the Air Force, during which he worked on F-15 Strike Eagles, A-10 Warthogs and F-22 Raptors.

He was a member of the 90th Fighter Generation Squadron upon his arrival to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 4, 2024.

“Today, the Dicemen mourn the loss of one of our own,” said Lt. Col. Charles Bayne, 90th FGS commander. “Sgt. Crumlett’s drive and willingness to help his fellow maintainers is a loss for the entire maintenance community. Though he was only with us a short time, Charlie will always be a Diceman. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and the entire maintenance community.”

Crumlett joined the Air Force on Nov. 29, 2016. Upon completing Basic Military Training, he was a student at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, where he graduated as a weapons load crew member on January 30, 2017. Crumlett then moved on to his first duty station at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.

“It’s such a tragedy to lose anyone so young and full of promise,” said Col. Christopher Tooman, 3rd Maintenance Group commander. “Charlie’s dedication and support to his fellow maintainers will be deeply missed. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and all the Airmen whose lives Charlie touched.”

Crumlett’s awards and decorations include two Air and Space Commendation Medals and one Air Force Achievement Medal.

“Charlie had such a promising future in our Air Force,” said Col. Kevin Jamieson, 3rd Wing commander. “Though he was new to JBER, it was immediately clear that Charlie had a passion for his duty and for service. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fellow Airmen. He will be greatly missed.”

The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is conducting an ongoing investigation into the circumstances which led to Crumlett’s death.

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