Two airmen killed: Airmen Killed Fall
Published: August 5, 2015
Two airmen killed: Airmen Killed Fall, “Our community has taken a huge loss with their deaths, and they will be sorely missed,” Col. Wolfe Davidson, 24th Special Operations Wing commander, said in a statement. “They were respected by their peers for not only their ability on the battlefield, but also for their incredible commitment to friends and family.”
Officer was awarded the Bronze Star twice – once with the “V” device for valor – according to the Air Force Times newspaper. He was assigned to the 720th Operations Support Squadron.
“He will be deeply missed and never forgotten”
He served 14 years in the Air Force, during which he deployed several times in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The man was capable of transforming anyone’s bad day into a great day,” Officer’s friend Logan Warnhuis told NBC News. “You could always see him with a smile on his face and everyone loved to be around him. His sense of humor was something nobody could get enough of.”
Warnhuis said he served two tours in Afghanistan with Officer during his time with the 75th Ranger Regiment – an elite light infantry special operations force.
Officer’s ability to do his job as the platoon’s tactical air control party airman was “impressive to say the least,” he added.
“He will be deeply missed and never forgotten,” said the 25-year-old Warnhuis, who now studies criminal justice in Fresno, California.
Bettelyoun, a married father of five, was a combat controller who was also with the 720th Operations Support Squadron. He also had several combat deployments during his 15-year career, the Air Force Times said.
A post on a crowdfunding website that features Bettelyoun’s name and image that was created in March last year said that his wife Jennifer was a “a stay-at-home mom to our five children ranging in age from 14 to three.”
The site said Bettelyoun was raising money to build an extra room on his house so that an orphaned family member could come and live with them.
Special tactics airmen are the Air Force’s ground special operations forces. They often embed with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces to integrate air power for the special operations ground force.
The cause of the incident had not been determined and was being investigated, the Air Force statement added.
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