TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Chief Master Sgt. Robert Neal Ivey, a longtime member of the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, died in a motorcycle accident Monday morning in Sacramento while riding to work, according to an announcement from the 349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office.
Ivey, 53, of Carmichael, was the Air Transportation Manager with the 55th Aerial Support Squadron at Travis and was on his way to work at the time of the crash, according to the 349th Public Affairs Office.
He was westbound on Interstate 80 near West El Camino Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. when he tried to brake to avoid a backup of traffic from an earlier collision. He lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown off, according to the California Highway Patrol. Ivey died at the scene.
Ivey joined the 349th in 1996 and spent 17 years serving in several positions. He was described as being widely known and respected for his professionalism and dedication. He was a veteran of Afghanistan and was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date.
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