At approximately 4:30 p.m. March 19, a special tactics Airman was found dead after the Airman went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Support Activity Panama City.
The name of the Airman is being withheld until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified.
The Airman, a special tactics combat controller assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, 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 Sheriff’s Office 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.