NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — A member of the 914th Security Forces Squadron, stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, died Sunday while preparing for training at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.
Tech. Sgt. Nicholas A. Vogler's, death is under investigation but according to a release from The United States Air Force Reserve, Vogler's death is not thought to be connected to the COVID-19 pandemic as he did not present with any symptoms.
“This is incredibly difficult for the 914th Air Refueling Wing family as we mourn the death of one of our own,” said Col. Mark Larson, 914 ARW commander. “Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tech. Sgt. Vogler.”
The 914th Air Refueling Wing says Vogler, who has served at NFARS for more than a decade, was two weeks into a four-week basic instructors course which would have certified him to formally train other 914 SFS members.
Vogler served a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was also deployed to Kuwait in 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.