FAIRBANKS - A helicopter repair mechanic injured at his on-post residence at Fort Wainwright Feb. 3 has died, according to a news release issued by an Army spokesman.
Sgt. Brian Peter Sawyer, 33, was initially treated at Bassett Army Community Hospital but was transferred to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, because of the severity of his injuries. Sawyer died there Monday, according to the release.
Sawyer was originally from New Port Richey, Florida, and joined the Army in September 2010. He was deployed to Afghanistan from May through September 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sawyer also served at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Eustis, Virginia; Katterbach Army Airfield, Ansbach, Germany; and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, before arriving at Fort Wainwright in November 2016.
Sawyer has received the Army Achievement Medal, two awards of the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Aviation Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
Sawyer’s regiment commander, Lt. Col. Jorge Rosario, said he will be greatly missed.
“The Flying Dragon family grieves together today at the loss of one of our own,” Rosario said. “Our prayers are with his family and friends.”
The cause of Sawyer’s death is under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.