KMC Airmen Dies

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Staff Sgt. Luis O. Cisneros-Godinez was pronounced dead Oct. 7 at 9:27 a.m. in Biloxi, Miss.


Cisneros-Godinez was an active duty U.S. Air Force Airman and a medical lab technician with the 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron, 81st Medical Group, 81st Training Wing.


“The entire Laboratory Flight and Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron morn the loss of Staff Sgt. Cisneros-Godinez,” said Col. Stephanie Buffett, 81st MDTS commander. “His strong work ethic and confident quiet approach could be relied upon for any mission. His fellow Airmen, teammates, family and friends are in our prayers.”


The cause of death is currently under investigation. Cisneros-Godinez was reported presumed missing Oct. 6.


“The men and women of the 81st MDG are deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Cisneros-Godinez,” said Col. Bea Dolihite, 81st MDG commander. “He was a true medic who showed compassion and kindness to all.  We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends.”


Cisneros-Godinez’s home of record was Colorado Spring, Colo. He entered the U.S. Air Force on March 10, 2009, in Gardena, CA.  He was 31 years old.


“Luis was a treasured part of our medical team here at Keesler,” said Col. Debra Lovette, 81st TRW commander. “His loss is felt by all of us.  I am grateful to the Biloxi Police Department, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, our office of special investigation and the 81st Security Forces Squadron, for their diligent efforts to locate and recover our Airman.”


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The 81st Training Wing Public Affairs office will provide updates as they become available. Please direct questions to the 81st TRW Public Affairs office at 228-377-7340 or