Airman found dead at Ellsworth AFB has been identified


Ellsworth Air Force Base officials have identified the airman whose body was found at his off-base residence Monday

Senior Airman William Horton was a B-1 journeyman with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, according to a base spokesman.

“Team Ellsworth lost a member of the Raider family, and we are deeply saddened by this horrible event. We are focused on supporting the Airman’s family and our fellow Airmen who are mourning this loss,” said Col. David Doss, 28th Bomb Wing commander, in a statement.

Horton entered active duty on Jan. 27, 2015. His decorations include an Air Force Achievement Medal.

“Today our Ellsworth family is mourning the loss of one of our own, Senior Airman William Horton,” said a Facebook post from the 28th Bomb Wing command team. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and we are focused on caring for them during this difficult time.

“We will continue to press forward and heal through this tragic time together. Our support teams are working to provide care to any who might be struggling, but in reality, I know all of us are affected in some way.

“Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

It is unknown if foul play is suspected. According to Horton’s obituary, a Celebration of Life Services will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00am at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, South Dakota.

His Facebook account indicates he leaves behind a wife and a child.

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