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Westover Air Reserve Base announces airman dies during training mission in Hawaii

C5A's sit at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. (Dave Roback / The Republican Staff-Shot/TNS)

Master Sgt. Scott W. Blais, an Air Force Reserve citizen airman, died sudden while on a training mission in Hawaii, Westover Air Reserve Base announced Monday.

Blais 47, of East Longmeadow, was pronounced dead Sunday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham due to natural causes, according to a statement issued by Col. Craig C. Peters, commander for the 439th Airlift Wing.

Tech. Sgt. Scott W. Blais, 58th Aerial Port Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Ouellette/TNS)

Blais, a flight engineer assigned to the 337th Airlift Squadron, was in Hawaii as part of a regularly scheduled training mission.

“Scott was an invaluable member of the Patriot Wing for more than 16 years and his sudden loss is heartfelt across the wing as he and his family remain in our thoughts and prayers,” Peters said.

“All efforts are now focused on providing critical support to Scott’s family as they go through this difficult time,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of our leadership and support teams who immediately sprang into action to not only support Scott’s family, but to also assist fellow Airmen and friends.”

Blais is survived by his wife and two children.

He had been assigned to Westover since 2004.

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