Airman found lifeless in Tumon Bay identified

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Capt. John Goeres, pilot assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron, 168th Operations Group, 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Mann)

Guam – The airman who was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead in Tumon on Tuesday has been identified as Capt. John Goeres.

Capt. Goeres’ lifeless body was discovered at the beach side of Westin Resort after he reportedly drowned. The Guam Fire Department responded to the reported drowning and Geores was taken to Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a release, 168th Wing Commander Col. Bryan White said Goeres was “a trusted and gifted aviator, a leader who rose from the enlisted ranks to fly jets for the Alaska Air National Guard. Our hearts are saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of such a fine young man, He served our state and nation with distinction and honor and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers rest with his family as well as all of those who served beside him.”

Goeres was deployed to Andersen Air Force Base from the 168th Wing Alaska Air National Guard serving as a pilot for the KC-135R Stratotanker. He joined Oregon’s Air Guard in 2004 and in 2012 was selected to become a pilot with the 168th Wing Alaska Air Refueling Squadron.

While the case remains under investigation, authorities say they do not suspect foul play at this time.