Major Stephen O. Osakue, Jr Caribbean Princess Drowning Death – On Friday, June 14, 2019, Major Stephen O. Osakue, Jr, 37, was a passenger aboard Princess Cruises cruise ship Caribbean Princess. Osakue died after he was discovered unresponsive in the cruise ship swimming pool about 5:15 a.m.
Broward County, Florida, Medical Examiner’s Office said, Major Stephen Osakue, 37, was found in a swimming pool aboard the ship early Friday morning and still had a heartbeat, but died shortly afterward.”
On October 19, 2013, Major Osakue was stationed at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
In a statement Col. Samantha Weeks, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, stated “Major Stephen Osakue was a valued-member of Team BLAZE, the Medical Group, and our pharmacy,” she said. “He was an airman, a father, a husband, a son, a friend and so much more. This is a difficult time for many across the base, especially his family. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to his wife and children, co-workers, and friends.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Columbus/Lowndes posted online, “Our hearts are saddened to hear the passing away of Major Stephen Osakue. He spoke with our teens this past school year and was making arrangements to be a Volunteer at our club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family!!”
Kim Kambeya posted online, “We meet a great deal of people while being part of the military community…small AF we sometime like to call it. It’s a bonus when you know someone prior to his/her military life. When you get to see them grow as a person and start a family. Maj Stephen Osakue you will truly be missed. It was awesome being stationed together several times and keeping in touch. My heart hurts for your family. We will keep them in prayer praying for comfort and peace of mind during these times. RIH”.
Claude Betene, posted online, “Maj Osakue and I were deployed together last year. He was a dedicated worker with a strong sense of ethics. His commitment to compliance was known to all. His smile was contagious. I recalled incidences in which he displayed humility and compassion at levels most of us couldn’t. He taught me discipline and perseverance in life. Your kindness will be missed. What an outstanding officer you made! The Air Force just lost a true warrior today.”
Adam Hofmann posted online, “Like the others, I met Maj O on a recent deployment. For over 190 days, this man ran and worked out twice a day. EVERY day. At work, he ensured everything was done above reproach, and he lived his life that way. Every Saturday morning, Steph, myself, and Dillon would play basketball during that deployment. His smile, charisma, and deep love for basketball shoes will forever be engrained in my mind. We talked about so many things in our short time together, and he even let me know the first time he got to see King James play basketball. I’ve kept in contact with him since returning and had sent him a message over the weekend. Maj O, you are a gifted and absolutely wonderful spirit. The best view of Kuwait is the one leaving.”
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