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Press Release: Fallen 495th Fighter Group Airman identified

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Staff Sgt. Zachary Townsend, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the 95th Fighter Group was found deceased in his off-base residence Jan. 15, 2018 near Columbia, South Carolina.

Townsend served in the Air Force nine-and-a-half years, since July 15, 2008.

“We are brokenhearted to have lost a valued member of our team,” said Col. Michael Dean, 495th FG commander. “The 495th FG considers itself a family and this loss is felt by each of us deeply. Our condolences are with all those who grieve with us during this time of tragedy.”

The 495th FG is supported administratively by the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

While no foul play is suspected, this incident remains under investigation by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

Questions regarding the incident can be directed to Gary Watts of the Richland County Coroner’s Office at wattsg@rcgov.us or 803-600-2974.