Air Force names Fort Meade airman found dead on leave

The Air Force has released the name of the airman at Fort Meade who died last month while on leave.

Senior Airman Keegan McCaskie was found dead June 26 at a hotel in Lake Dallas, Texas. He was on leave from his job with the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing at Fort Meade.

McCaskie was born in Lawrence, Kan., spent much of his youth in the United Arab Emirates and also lived in Rochester, Minn., and Denton, Texas, according to an online obituary. He attended North Texas University before enlisting in the Air Force in 2010.

He was stationed at Fort Meade. He also served in Afghanistan and Djibouti.

"This loss affects us all and we are greatly saddened by this unfortunate incident," Air Force Col. Mary O'Brien, the commander of the 70th ISR Wing, said after the death was announced last month. "Our sympathy goes out to the airman's family, friends and fellow airmen during this extremely difficult time.

"The airman's professional service to our nation will not be forgotten."

The 70th ISR Wing, known as the Cryptologic Wing, is one of the largest wings in the Air Force, with 4,700 airmen serving in 15 locations around the world.

The wing has headquarters at Fort Meade, where it employs 2,300 airmen and civilians working with U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency and other organizations.

The wing provides code-making and code-breaking support, computer network defense and attack, and intelligence to the president, secretary of defense and Air Force units worldwide.

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