Iowa airman dies in Guam

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The Iowa National Guard regrets to announce the death of Senior Airman Drew Bellairs, 20, of Osage, Iowa. Bellairs drowned while swimming at Marbo Cave, Mangilao, Guam on Saturday, July 25.

Bellairs, a member of the Maintenance Group, 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard based in Sioux City, Iowa, was serving on temporary duty while assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam at the time of the accident.

He was born in Greeneville, S.C. on April 28, 1995 and graduated from Osage (Iowa) High School in 2013, where he participated in chorus, band, cross country, basketball and golf. Bellairs was a student at Iowa State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and was active in the ISU Flying Club and Skiing Club.

He enlisted in the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard in July 2012 as an Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman. Following graduation from Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Bellairs attended the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice course. He was an aircraft mechanic and was currently assigned as a crew chief for KC-135R refueling aircraft. Bellairs had previously deployed to Japan for typhoon response. His awards include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal.

Bellairs is survived by his father and mother, David and Beth Bellairs, sisters Jenny and Natalie Bellairs, and brother Sam Bellairs, all of Osage.

Funeral arrangements are pending.