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Johnson City native, Air Force airman found dead

Johnson City Press • Updated Nov 2, 2017 at 7:29 AM

A Johnson City native serving in the United States Air Force and stationed in Lawrence County, Arkansas, was found dead while off duty, but few details about what happened have been released.

Senior Airman Michael Lusk, 24, was stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base. His body was found in northeast Arkansas last week, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A base spokesperson told the paper Lusk was not on duty when he died.

Authorities don’t suspect foul play, but Lusk’s death remained under investigation. His body was returned to Johnson City on Tuesday, and he will be interred at the Mountain Home National Cemetery on Friday. The family will receive friends today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home. A service to celebrate Lusk’s life will begin at 6 p.m.

The burial on Friday will be a military graveside and committal service at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at Mountain Home National Cemetery with full military honors from the Air Force.

Lusk was an aircrew and maintenance debrief specialist for the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base. He joined the Air Force in February 2013, and he was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base later that year. According to reports about his death, Lusk’s responsibilities included recording aircraft flying hours, accuracy of maintenance, historical data and debriefing aircrew to process critical aircraft flight data.

"We are extremely saddened by the loss of such a valued member of our team," 19th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Gerald Donohue said in a news release. "Michael will be missed by all those who knew him."

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