Thursday was a day filled with sadness for Alaska's Air Force, as two airmen were remembered at memorials on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis was remembered by friends and comrades in Alaska while his family prepares for a burial back in his home state of West Virginia.
Davis was found dead by his girlfriend at his Eagle River home Sunday, according to Anchorage police. APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says the death appears to accidental and medical-related.
The 33-year-old joined the Air Force in 2001, just months before the events of 9/11. His friend. Technical Sgt. Robert Smith, says he was motivated to join by a passion for serving his country.
"The definition of a true airman," Smith said. "Really loyal to the friends that he called friends -- great guy."
JBER officials say Davis is survived by his wife, three children and parents.
A second memorial was held Thursday for Staff Sgt. Darian Miller. JBER has not released any details about Miller's death, beyond saying he was found dead on base.
Earlier this month, memorials were held for Sgt. Okan Cetinbag and Senior Airman Katrina Jackson.
JBER officials say the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating Cetinbag's death, while Jackson reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.