FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- 480th ISRW Airman found deceased in home

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  • 480th ISR Wing
An active duty Airman from the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing passed away in his off-base residence in Hampton, Virginia, Feb. 7, 2023. The Airman has been identified as Staff Sgt. Alexander Merritt, 30th Intelligence Squadron, cryptologic supervisor.

Staff Sgt. Alexander Merritt, 27, from Fullerton, California entered the Air Force in November 2017 and arrived at JBLE in September 2018.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our members and I know that pain is felt throughout the Wing,” said Col. Nathan Rusin, 480th ISRW commander. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Merritt’s family and friends, and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Details surrounding the death are under investigation. For more information, contact the Hampton Police Division at 757-727-6111.

The Airman Resiliency Team is available to assist any one in need. Information on JBLE support services can be found on the website.

For information regarding the 480th ISRW, please contact the 480th ISRW Public Affairs office at 757-764-8996 or