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Cannon ATV rollover mishap investigation complete

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  • By Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs
  • Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

Air Force Special Operations Command has released the results of a ground accident investigation board examining what caused the death of Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, a CV-22 flight engineer, on May 11, 2015.

Lewis, who was working with the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., received fatal injuries while being thrown from a 2011 Polaris RZR off-road utility vehicle when the vehicle rolled over.

"The loss of Sergeant Lewis is tragic,” said Col. Jacqueline Powell, president of the Ground Accident Investigation Board and deputy director of operations at AFSOC headquarters. “He was a dedicated warrior and a valued member of the AFSOC community. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family and loved ones."

Lewis was a combat veteran with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. His friends and family describe him as a dedicated and valued member of the 27th SOSS team and an Air Commando with dreams and desires that extended beyond himself.

In accordance with Air Force Instruction 51-503, Aerospace and Ground Accident Investigations, the ground accident investigation board conducted a legal investigation to inquire into all the facts and circumstances surrounding the mishap, prepared a publicly-releasable report, and obtained and preserved all available evidence for use in litigation, claims, disciplinary action, and adverse administrative action. The GAIB president made findings of fact in the report but did not provide an opinion on the cause of the mishap since a causal opinion is not required and therefore not part of the report.

Further inquiries can be directed to Air Force Special Operations Command public affairs at (850)-884-5515.