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Airmen Killed in Fall: Training Exercise Leaves 2 Former Servicemen Dead

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(24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs via Air Force Special Operations Command)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 01:36 PM

Two special operations airmen were killed during a free-fall exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Monday.

"Tech Sergeants Timothy Officer and Marty Bettelyoun were the epitome of a Special Tactics Airman: professional, dedicated, and prepared to give their lives in service to their country," Col. Wolfe Davidson, commander of the 24th SOW, said in a Tuesday statement obtained by the Air Force Times.

"Our community has taken a huge loss with their deaths, and they will be sorely missed."

An investigation of the deadly incident has been opened, and could take up to year to complete. Details of the incident will not be released during that investigation period.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, Officer, 32, was assigned to the 720th Operations Support Squadron, and earned multiple medals over his multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom — including two Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor.

He is survived by his parents.

Bettelyoun, 35, was a Combat Controller assigned to the 720th OSS, and also had several combat deployments during his career.

"As the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Surveys and Assault Zones, Bettelyoun provided assault zone and survey program management, training, and oversight for eight special tactics units encompassing over 900 combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen, tactical air control party, and mission support personnel," his Air Force biography said.

He is survived by his wife and five children.

"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," Davidson said in his statement.

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