A U.S. Air Force offensive lineman has died after experiencing a “medical emergency”, the Academy announced Tuesday.
Hunter Brown, 21, was leaving his dorm to go to class on Monday when he suffered the unnamed emergency. Academy first responders were called and attempted to save lives, but they were unsuccessful.
Brown, a sophomore from Lake Charles, Louisiana, was assigned to Cadet Squadron 16 and was majoring in management with a minor in French, the school said. In May 2021, he graduated from the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, said Brown was “highly respected in his squadron.”
“The entire US Air Force Academy mourns his loss, and our hearts and condolences go out to his family, his squadron and everyone affected by this incredible young man,” Clark said in a statement.
Brown is also remembered as a “standout” offensive lineman on the school’s Falcons football team, playing in their 2021 and 2022 seasons.
“Our players, our staff and the entire Academy have been so blessed and lucky to have Hunter in our lives,” football coach Troy Calhoun said in a statement. “It was a pure joy to coach and to have as a teammate.”
Calhoun called Brown “tough” and said, “no one has shown stronger selflessness for others than Hunter.”
“His mom and dad, Candyce and Dustin, have raised a wonderful son who has made each of us a better person. We love our big brother, and our thoughts and prayers are with Hunter’s incredible soul and his family,” he said.
Brown’s death will be investigated by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, standard protocol for military deaths on base, a said the Academy.