USAF Combat Controller, TAC-P in Fatal Parachuting Accident:

Two Special Tactics airmen were honored during a private memorial service Friday at Hurlburt Field, according to a news release from the base.

More than 650 friends and family members gathered to mourn the loss of Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr. and Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun, who were killed Monday during a military freefall training accident on Eglin Range.

During the ceremony, both Special Tactics airmen posthumously received the Meritorious Service Medal for their impact on the Air Force’s ground special operations training and mission.

Officer, 32, was a tactical air control party Airman assigned to the 720th OSS. He was a 14-year combat veteran with multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He earned multiple medals including two Bronze Stars (one with Valor) for his bravery. Officer is survived by his parents.

Technical Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr.

Bettelyoun, 35, was a combat controller assigned to the 720th OSS. He was a 15-year combat veteran with multiple deployments to several combat zones and sensitive areas around the world. Bettelyoun is survived by his wife and five children.

Technical Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun

Horrible news. Once again, we are reminded of the very real life-and-death dangers inherent in this line of work. I didn’t see a GoFundMe link or anything, but if anyone knows where donations can be sent, please let us know so we can put that out.

Blue skies. R.I.P.