A Hurlburt Field airman died Thursday in a training accident at a Navy facility in Panama City.
HURLBURT FIELD — An Air Force Special Tactics airman with the Hurlburt Field-based 24th Special Operations Wing was found dead Thursday afternoon after going missing during a surface training swim at Naval Support Activity Panama City, according to the wing’s public affairs office.
The airman’s body was discovered at about 4:30 p.m., according to a 24th SOW news release. The name of the airman will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified, according to the release.
The airman, a combat controller, was taking part in the Air Force Combat Dive Course operated by the Special Warfare Training Wing headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. Often the first into battle, combat controllers are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting and snowmobiling, as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers.
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The airman “went missing at approximately 11:05 a.m. and various search and rescue agencies, including the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, U.S. Coast Guard Station Panama City and the Bay County Sherrif’s Office immediately responded to the scene,” according to the 24th SOW news release.
The Air Force is actively investigating the incident. and no additional details will be released “until further notice,” according to the 24th SOW.