Holloman Air Force Base identifies airman killed in Saturday rollover


Holloman Air Force Base has identified the airman killed in a rollover crash on Highway 70 last weekend as Airman 1st Class Austin Vaughn, 20.

As KTSM previously reported, the crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.

Police say Vaughn was not wearing a seat belt when his car left the roadway at high speeds and rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a news release, the Courtland, Va. native enlisted in the Air Force in February 2017 and arrived at Holloman that October.

“This is a tragic event that reminds us how precious time can be,” said Col. Joseph L. Campo, 49th Wing commander. “At times like this, we need to lean on each other while we work through the process of grieving for our Air Force family.”

Details of Vaughn’s memorial service will be released at a later time.

A passenger, a 20-year-old man from Vermont, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police have not released any updates on his condition.

According to officials, Holloman airmen in need of support or assistance can contact a chaplain at 575-572-7211 or the Traumatic Stress Response Team at 575-572-5676 during normal duty hours. Either agency can also be reached 24/7 at 575-572-7575.

The accident remains under investigation.

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