Special Tactics Airman recovered after fatal swim training accident

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  • By 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
  • 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

As of approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a Special Tactics Airman was found dead after the member went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida.


The Airman, a Special Tactics combat controller assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, was taking part in the Air Force Combat Dive Course run by Air Education and Training Command’s Special Warfare Training Wing headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. 


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.   


The Air Force is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. To protect the integrity of the investigation, no additional details will be released until further notice.


To respect the privacy of the family and teammates of the individual, we will not release the name of the Airman until 24 hours after appropriate next of kin notification.  


Media queries pertaining to the incident and training should be directed to the Special Warfare Training Wing Public Affairs office at SWTW.Public.Affairs@us.af.mil