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Cadet 4th Class James Walsh, pictured here, was found dead in the Air Force Academy Cadet Area Feb. 9, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted 2/11/2013   Updated 2/11/2013 Email story   Print story


2/11/2013 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Class James L. Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area.

Academy personnel found Walsh, contacted emergency services and attempted to revive him using life-saving measures without success.

"The Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic loss we suffered Saturday," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the Academy superintendent. "As we grieve the passing of James, we ask that everyone keep his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers."

Brig. Gen. Greg Lengyel, the commandant of cadets, informed the Cadet Wing of the death Monday.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Walsh, a prior-enlisted Airman, was one of three selected from Joint Base Andrews to attend the Academy Preparatory School in 2011. He was previously assigned to the 744th Communications Squadron as a cyber transport systems apprentice. He said he decided to attend the Academy in 2006 after visiting the campus for his cousin's graduation ceremony and after enduring the financial strain of tuition costs at a Maryland college.

"It was like a second chance," he said.

Academy personnel are coordinating funeral arrangements with the cadet's family.

2/15/2013 3:45:47 PM ET
It was probably learned but never publicly released.
2/14/2013 8:17:10 PM ET
A cadet died several months ago and I never heard anything further. Was that cause of death ever learned
Sheila Weaver, Middletown PA
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