In a memorial service at Hurlburt Field, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rick DeMorgan Jr. with 4th Special Operations Squadron was remembered and honored. DeMorgan died January 23rd while fighting the Australian wildfires in a civilian capacity. He worked with aerial firefighting company, Coulson Aviation, when a C-130 aircraft crashed. Commander of the 4th Special Operations Squadron, Lt. Col. Peter Ventres said that while it was a day of mourning, grieving and loss, it was also a day of celebration, “a celebration of a great life that touched so many minds and steered so many lives. A celebration of family, a celebration of friends, a celebration of brothers in arms.”
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Benjamin Buzga commented on DeMorgan’s high standards of integrity and performance, and how he had an effect that inspired others to rise and achieve greatly. “Rick was undeniably the best in this profession,” he said. DeMorgan mentored the Air Force Special Operations Command’s newest students in 2017 when he became the operations superintendent at the 19th Special Operations Squadron. Brutally honest, courageous, animated, and larger than life, DeMorgan amassed over 4,000 total flight hours, nearly 2,000 of which were in combat during 13 deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.