ME Awaits Toxicology Results Before Final Verdict on Cause of Minot Airman’s Death Saturday at GMH


Guam –  Few details have been released regarding the death of an airman deployed to Andersen Air Force Base over the weekend.

Airman First Class Joshua Grier was pronounced dead at 10:30am Saturday at Guam Memorial Hospital. A GMH nursing supervisor told PNC that Grier was brought to the emergency room with CPR in progress. Grier was taken to GMH after being found unresponsive on Andersen Air Force Base Saturday morning.

The 20-year-old airman was assigned to the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron out of Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and deployed to Guam on March 29th.

Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola performed an autopsy on Grier Tuesday afternoon but was unable to determine a cause of death as tissue and blood samples are being sent to the Navy for a toxicology report.

AAFB Public Affairs Chief Captain Chris Hoyler was unable to comment on Grier’s death.  Captain Hoyler referred PNC to the Minot Air Force Base whose public affairs office had not returned our calls as of this posting.