911th AW reservist dies in vehicle accident

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  • By 2nd Lt. Marjorie Schurr
  • 911th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A reservist assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing died in a vehicle accident near Shalersville, Ohio, at about 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Lt. Col. John “Jacob” Predis, 42, of Sewickley, was the assistant director of operations with the 758th Airlift Squadron. Predis served in the U.S. Air Force for 19 years.

“Jacob was an integral part of the flying squadron,” said Col. John F. Robinson, 911th Airlift Wing commander. “He was a loving husband and father to his family and a faithful friend to all who knew him. His positive attitude and leadership style will be surely missed.”

The incident is currently under investigation by the Ohio State Police. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Service arrangements will be through Schellhaas Funeral Home in Sewickley.

Predis’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air and Space Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and many others.

Counseling services are available for all 911th AW personnel through the director of psychological health, mental and behavioral health experts, Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC), chaplains and religious affairs Airmen. All Steel Airmen are encouraged to use these resources as needed to cope with their grief.