US Air Force airman who was found dead in home near RAF Lakenheath formally identified

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles depart RAF Lakenheath to support the combat air patrol mission in Turkey

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles depart RAF Lakenheath to support the combat air patrol mission in Turkey, Nov. 6, 2015. The six F-15Cs from the 48th Fighter Wing deployed to Incirlik in response to the Government of Turkey's request for support in securing the sovereignty of Turkish airspace. As an air-to-air fighter aircraft, the F-15C specializes in gaining and maintaining air superiority. - Credit: Archant

A US Air Force (USAF) airman found dead in his home near RAF Lakenheath yesterday morning has been identified.

USAF Staff Sargeant Joshua Wikston was found dead in his off-base residence in Mundford. Staff Sgt Wikston was assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Colonel Evan Pettus, 48th Fighter Wing commander said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Wikston’s family, friends and fellow airmen.

“The entire Liberty Wing feels the impact of Josh’s loss.

“We will do everything we can to support his family through this difficult time, and to care for the members of our team who need assistance in the wake of his death.”

Staff Sgt Wikston’s cause of death is currently under investigation by the USAF Office of Special Investigations.