Academy officials say Cadet 4th Class James Walsh of Tinley Park, Ill., died Saturday night. Officials say academy personnel found Walsh, contacted emergency services and tried to revive the cadet but were unsuccessful.
The Air Force says Walsh was one of three selected from Joint Base Andrews to attend the Academy Preparatory School in 2011. He was previously assigned to the 744th Communications Squadron as a cyber transport systems apprentice. He said he decided to attend the Academy in 2006 after visiting the campus for his cousin's graduation ceremony and after enduring the financial strain of tuition costs at a Maryland college.
The Air Force Academy is located near Colorado Springs, Colo.