Two airmen killed in parachute training accident in Florida

5 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Airmen Killed During Parachute Training in Florida.

The Air Force said in a statement Tuesday that Sgt. EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE (CBSMiami/AP) — A second service member died after a parachute training accident in the Florida Panhandle, Air Force officials said.

The outlet cited a 24th Special Operations Wing commander praising Bettelyoun and Officer as professional and dedicated airmen “prepared to give their lives in service to their countries.” A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with seven Marines and four Army soldiers on board crashed in March during a military exercise. Air Force spokeswoman Erica Vega says the unit was practicing high-altitude free-fall jumps. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Both men had multiple deployments to various combat zones. “Our community has taken a huge loss with their deaths, and they will be sorely missed,” Col. Officer was a 14-year combat veteran with multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, where he earned multiple medals including two Bronze Star Medals (one with Valor) for bravery. In the face of this tragedy, we will honor their service and their sacrifice, and we request others respect their family’s privacy as they take it one day at a time.” The airmen were taking part in routine training to help prepare them to be inserted into hostile environments where aircraft can’t land, the release said. They often embed with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces to integrate air power for the special operations ground force. “These airmen are the engine of our organization,” said 1st Lt.

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