Guard spokesperson Maj. Guy Hayes says Senior Airman Cameron Mixsooke, 26, was on active duty and returning to Alaska after a six-month deployment in Kuwait when witnesses reported seeing him climb over the railing of his hotel room’s balcony and falling.
An online report from CBS Baltimore says the incident occurred at an Embassy Suites hotel on the 1300 block of Concourse Drive in Linthicum. According to Anne Arundel County Police Department officers, some witnesses said Mixsooke appeared to be intoxicated.
Paramedics took Mixsooke to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
“It is unclear at this time whether Mixsooke’s death was intentional,” Hayes wrote in a Friday statement.
“We are utterly heartbroken over losing Senior Airman Mixsooke,” said Lt. Col. Ed Soto, the squadron’s commanding officer. “Cameron was a valued Airman, team member and friend. He was a skilled technician, and well-liked within the squadron. His entire Guard family is deeply saddened, and we are all praying for his loved ones.”
Mixsooke, a technician who served with the 176th Civil Engineering Squadron maintained heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, had been a Guardsman since 2007 following prior service in the Army. He leaves behind his wife Samantha in Kenai, as well as parents Sharon and Reuben Mixsooke of Unalakleet. Counselors are working with his family and fellow Guardsmen.
The Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations is examining Mixsooke’s death, as required by federal regulations.