Air Force Investigates Tyndall Death

An airman from Eglin Air Force Base collapsed and died while attending training at Tyndall Air Force Base Monday.

Tech. Sgt. James Smith, 38, suffered a seizure Monday at Tyndall's alterations shop where cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately was performed, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

Smith, who was attending Non-commissioned Officers Academy, was taken to Bay Medical Center in Panama City where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death remained under investigation, officials said in a news release.

Smith served about 20 years in the Air Force and recently had been selected for promotion to master sergeant. He was maintenance flight support section chief for the 33rd Maintenance Squadron, part of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin, about 65 miles northwest of Tyndall. He had been stationed at Eglin since 1997.

The academy prepares NCOs for positions of increased responsibility by broadening their leadership and supervisory skills and their military professionalism.

It is the fifth sudden death of servicemen at Panhandle bases during the past year.