Friday, November 7, 2008

US Air Force Completes Investigation Into Death of General Thomas L.Tinsley

Pictured in this undated file photo is Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley. (U.S. Air Force photo.)

News in Balance:

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska, Nov. 7, 2008 -- A thorough investigation conducted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigation recently, found that forensic evidence was consistent with the initial assessment that Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Autopsy results coupled with toxicology findings indicated a presence of alcohol in his system but were negative for other substances.

Investigators did not find a suicide note or any other indication this was pre-planned. The investigation did not reveal any financial troubles or other issues that indicate a motive or state of mind leading to his death.

"Pugs Tinsley was a remarkable officer with a reputation for excellence and tremendous love for his Airmen and his family" said Gen. Carrol H. "Howie" Chandler, Pacific Air Forces commander. "One of the many tragic aspects of this event is that we are unlikely to ever fully understand his actions that evening."

According to a statement released by the family: "The Tinsley family still has no better understanding of this life altering event in their lives. Tom was the father that most only hope for and the husband that any of us would be privileged to have. To lose him as a leader is immense; to lose him as a husband, father, brother and son is immeasurable."

(Report from a U.S. Air Force news release.)

Related: Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley bio

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