Utah Air Nat’l Guard airman dies during routine deployment in Guam

Dec 1, 2022, 7:13 AM | Updated: 7:16 am
FILE: A UTANG KC-135, modified with Real-Time Information in the Cockpit and gateway technologies, ...
FILE: A UTANG KC-135, modified with Real-Time Information in the Cockpit and gateway technologies, departed Salt Lake City in early June with the goal of demonstrating aspects of ABMS capabilities in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command during Exercise Valiant Shield 2022. (Utah National Guard/151st Refueling Wing)
(Utah National Guard/151st Refueling Wing)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah airman assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing died Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency in Guam.

The Utah National Guard said Tech Sgt. Burton Patrick Juengel was on a routine deployment to Guam when he experienced the emergency on Nov. 25.

Juengel was taken to the emergency room at the Guam Regional Medical Center, where doctors worked to diagnose and resolve his condition.

“During treatment Juengel’s condition worsened and despite the heroic efforts of the hospital staff he passed away on Nov. 29, after battling this issue for many days,” National Guard officials said.

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of an outstanding Airman and express our heartfelt condolences to his wife, children, and family,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel Boyack, commander of the Utah Air National Guard.

Juengel lived in Roy and is survived by his wife, their daughter and their unborn child. His wife and parents were able to visit with him in the hospital prior to his death.

Juengel’s wife is also a member of the Utah Air National Guard and is being supported by her unit and command.

“This is a tremendous tragedy for all of us deployed on this mission,” said Lt. Col. Philip Schembri, unit commander for the deployment. “Tech Sgt. Juengel was an outstanding Airman and performed his job with enthusiasm and a positivity that motivated those around him.”

Information for the upcoming dignified transfer from Guam to Utah and graveside services will be made public in the near future.

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Utah Air Nat’l Guard airman dies during routine deployment in Guam