Air guardsman dies at Camp Shelby

HATTIESBURG – (AP) A Mississippi Air National Guardsman has died while performing duties at the Air-Ground Range at Camp Shelby south of Mississippi.

The National Guard says in a news release that Master Sgt. Kevin L. Johnson of McHenry was pronounced dead Friday at Forrest General Hospital (FGH) after collapsing at the range.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Johnson was currently assigned as the Air-Ground Range Non-commissioned Officer at Camp Shelby.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Timothy Powell, spokesman for the Mississippi Air National Guard, said the range allows aircraft to perform target practice. Powell said after losing radio contact, a search party found Johnson collapsed on the range. He was evacuated by helicopter about 3 p.m. to FGH.

The Guard release says the 51-year-old Johnson was a Navy veteran and member of the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport. He spent 22 years with the Air Guard, serving in numerous positions.

Johnson is survived by his wife and two daughters. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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