Two Special Tactics Airmen were honored during a private memorial service here today.
More than 650 friends and family members gathered to mourn the loss of Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr. and Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun. They were fatally injured during a military freefall training accident on Eglin Range, Aug. 3, 2015.
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.
Members from the base lined Cody Avenue to honor the families on their way to the ceremony.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered the state capitol flag and all Okaloosa county city hall flags today at half-staff in honor of their sacrifice.
Officer and Bettelyoun will be buried with full military honors at a later date.
“Both were fine men who were among a part of a band of brothers in the profession of arms dedicated to serving our great nation,” said Lt. Col. Jake Miller, 720th Operations Support Squadron commander. “They volunteered to protect the American way of life … these Airmen warriors volunteered to serve in two of the most dangerous career fields in the Air Force. They deployed to war zones far away, fighting with uncommon valor and always returning home heroes. Both were clearly warriors, but they were also sons, brothers, teammates and father … as long as there is a Special Tactics operator alive, the memory of Timmy and Marty will never be forgotten.”
Source:: Air Force (SOC)