On December 21st, 2019 in Richardson, Texas, a memorial service was held for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Florida. Family, friends and hundreds of Tactics operators gathered for the service. On November 5th, Condiff had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. A 24-hour operation for 17 days took place as an effort to recover him, but the recovery was suspended on November 23rd. Operations included several local government agencies, as well as four military branches.
Family members, friends and teammates all say Condiff was a loving and caring husband, father and friend. He loved his brothers in the Air Force and died doing what he was passionate about. Enlisting in to the U.S. Air Force in 2012, he immediately started the two-year combat training program, where he was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 720th Special Tactics Group, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command upon finishing the training. Condiff completed deployments in Afghanistan and Africa, and received the Air Force Achievement Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal with a combat device.