Officials Identify Remains of Missing Airman

BARKSDALE AFB, La. (AP) — Leaders from Barksdale Air Force Base have confirmed that human remains found in Guam belong to an airman who has been missing since Monday.

KSLA news reported Saturday that officials identified the remains of Airman Alec Dye. The Mooresville, Indiana airman was a maintainer with the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Dye was deployed by the Barksdale Air Force Base to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to support the continuous bomber presence mission.

Dye's squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hammock says he was known for his bright personality and his willingness to learn and to take on the toughest task. Hammock says Dye was a B-52 mechanic. He was assigned as a B-52H Stratofortress Crew Chief.

Dye's remains were recovered on the beach near where he went missing.