Officials release name of airman who died at Luke AFB

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Brig. Gen. JD Harris (left), former 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents a Purple Heart Medal June 29, 2012, to Master Sgt. Iordanis Velissariou. By Jennifer Thomas Brig. Gen. JD Harris (left), former 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents a Purple Heart Medal June 29, 2012, to Master Sgt. Iordanis Velissariou. By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Officials have identified the airman who died following physical training at Luke Air Force Base last week.

Master Sgt. Iordanis "Jordan" Velissariou, 40, of Colorado Springs, Colo., became unresponsive shortly after finishing his physical training test on Thursday.

Life-saving measures were immediately initiated by other military members, according to base officials. Velissariou was then transported to West Valley Hospital in Goodyear where he was later pronounced dead.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Velissariou was the fleet manager for vehicle maintenance in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron. He entered the Air Force on April 9, 1991, and arrived at Luke AFB on Nov. 5, 2009.

"This is a tragic event, and the men and women of the 56th Fighter Wing are grieving this devastating loss. Sergeant Velissariou was a well-loved and highly valued team member of Luke Air Force Base," said Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander. "His contribution to our mission has been significant. He will be missed."

According to Luke Air Force Base's website, Velissariou was awarded the Purple Heart last year. While deployed to Iraq in 2006, Velissarious' femoral artery was crushed after a series of attacks on his truck during a convoy.

In honor of Velissariou's service to his country, flags on Luke AFB will be flown at half-staff on Monday.