In an unfortunate turn of events, the Air Force announced that it will suspend the active recovery efforts for Staff Sergeant Cole Condiff, who has been missing in action since he accidentally fell from an aircraft on November 5.
Sgt. Cole Condiff, a Combat Controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (23rd STS), 24th Special Operations Wing (24th SOW), was participating in a static-line parachute drop over the Gulf of Mexico, when he fell from the aircraft in, as of now, undetermined conditions. His parachute opened, and he was seen floating in the water.
Almost immediately, the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in conjunction with numerous other federal, state and local agencies launched a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation to save the Airman.
According to AFSOC, the joint SAR team utilized “a variety of search techniques, including underwater sonar scanning, dive operations, land patrols and airborne surveillance.” SAR diver has conducted more than one hundred dives trying to locate the missing Air Commando.