Funeral services announced for Westover Air Reserve Base airman who died of natural causes while on training mission

C5As sit at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. (Dave Roback / The Republican Staff-Shot/TNS)

Funeral services for a Westover reservist who died of natural causes while on a regularly-scheduled training mission in Hawaii will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Master Sgt. Scott Blais, 47, of East Longmeadow, died Jan. 17 while at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham. He was a flight engineer for the 337th Airlift Squadron at the time of his death. Blais first joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 and served as an aircraft mechanic and then a recruiter until he was honorably discharged in 2003. He joined the Air Force Reserve a year later, said Lt. Col. Timothy Robinson, commander of the 337th Airlift Squadron.

A Westover Air Reserve Honor Guard will perform planeside honors when Blais’ remains arrive at Bradley International Airport on Thursday morning, he said.

Funeral services will follow with a walk-through visitation from 3 – 7 p.m. on Friday at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at St. Michael’s Parish, 128 Maple St., East Longmeadow.


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