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According to the Air Force, a freefall training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida resulted in the deaths of two special tactic airmen.  The Air Force Times reported that Tech Sgt. Timothy A. Officer Jr. and Tech Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun were the airmen who died from the parachute training accident.

Both men were from the 24th Special Operations Wing based in Hurlburt Field, Florida.  CNN reported that Air Force Special Operations Command are investigating the cause of the accident. The AFSOC released a statement giving their condolences:

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of these Special Tactics Airmen.”

The Air Force Times said Officer was 32 years old, served 14 years in the Air Force and was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was rewarded with the Bronze Star twice.

According to the Times Bettelyoun was 35 years old, served 15 years and was also deployed on several occasions. He also taught thousands of airmen survival, evasion, resistance and escape techniques.


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