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Iowa airman drowns in Guam

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An Iowa airman drowns while swimming in Guam.

20-year-old Drew Bellairs of Osage was swimming at Marbo Cave, Mangilao, Guam on Saturday.

Bellairs was a member of the Maintenance Group, 185th Air Refueling Wing,  Iowa  Air  National  Guard  based in Sioux City,  Iowa.

He was serving on temporary duty while assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam at the time of the accident.
Bellairs graduated from Osage High School in 2013, where he participated in chorus, band, cross country, basketball and golf. 

Bellairs was a student at  Iowa  State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and was active in the ISU Flying Club and Skiing Club.
He enlisted in the 185th Air Refueling Wing,  Iowa  Air  National  Guard  in July 2012 as an Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman. 

Following graduation from Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Bellairs attended the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice course. 

He was an aircraft mechanic and was currently assigned as a crew chief for KC-135R refueling aircraft. Bellairs had previously deployed to Japan for typhoon response. 
Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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