Retired Airmen death under investigation Published Jan. 14, 2023 19th Airlift Wing LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- A recently retired Airman from Little Rock Air Force Base was pronounced dead at his off-base residence in North Little Rock, Jan. 12, 2023. Following the next-of-kin notification, the individual has been identified as Airman First Class William Kern, a former loadmaster from the 61st Airlift Squadron. "We are mourning the loss of a member of our community," said Col. Angela Ochoa, 19th Airlift Wing commander. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Will's family and friends. They have our unwavering support during this devastating time." The cause of death is currently under investigation. Please refer all questions regarding the investigation to the North Little Rock Police Department at 501-771-7151.