Tech Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun taught Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape techniques to thousands of personnel. (Photo: 24th Special Operations Wing)

Tech Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun taught Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape techniques to thousands of personnel. (Photo: 24th Special Operations Wing)

According to media reports Wednesday, two special tactics airmen died after a freefall training accident at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Tech Sgt. Timothy A. Officer Jr. and Tech Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun died from the parachute training accident, the Air Force said.

The Air Force Times reports, both men were from the 24th Special Operations Wing based in Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Air Force Special Operations Command said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of these Special Tactics Airmen,” AFSOC said in a statement.

Officer, 32, served 14 years in the Air Force and was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force Times said. He was awarded the Bronze Star twice.

Bettelyoun, 35, served 15 years and was also deployed on several occasions, the Times said. He taught survival, evasion, resistance and escape techniques to thousands of airmen and others who were at risk of being captured.

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr., center, with his mentors from the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch: Ken Johnson, left, and Steve Watkins. (Photo: 24th Special Operations Wing/Air Force)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr., center, with his mentors from the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch: Ken Johnson, left, and Steve Watkins.
(Photo: 24th Special Operations Wing/Air Force)