01 November 2007 | Paul Snell
The second highest-ranking procurement official in the US Air Force (USAF) has died. The USAF said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of Charles Riechers, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, who was found dead at his home last week.
But it added it did not predict any delays to its procurement projects, even though Riechers was "an integral part of these programmes".
A spokesperson for the USAF told SM
: "We are deeply saddened by his death and we mourn with his family. Those who served with Riechers knew him as an experienced leader, a dedicated servant to this nation, and a great friend."
Police were called to Riechers' home on the evening of 14 October after he was found by friends. The exact cause of death is not yet known. While US media has reported it as a suicide, a spokesman for the Loudoun County sheriff's office told SM
a verdict had not yet been returned.
He joined the USAF in 1982 and served in the Gulf war before joining the purchasing team in January this year. The USAF said he had improved the speed and cost effectiveness of its procurement.