Special Tactics Airman Missing in the Gulf Mexico

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The event happened at 2PM yesterday (Tuesday). That be a lot of time that has passed particularly, if accurately reported, since some media sources are reporting the C-130 crew spotted him swimming in the water. Prayers being said for his safe alive and well rescue/recovery.
 

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All hands on deck.

Units participating in the efforts include:
- 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base
- 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base
- Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew
- Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
- Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew
- Two Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crews
- 96th Test Wing, Eglin Air Force Base
- U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group, Duke Field
- Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 

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This is one of those types of stories that I detest reading about. I sincerely hope and pray for the best outcome while at the same time know that the longer it takes, the worse the scenario can turn. Here's to hoping I am proven wrong.
 

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Swimming? The C-130 was flying that close to the water? I thought he fell from a high altitude.
Me too....in fact I thought I had read that from the beginning and then could not find anything related to the distance he may have fallen from.
 
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Swimming? The C-130 was flying that close to the water? I thought he fell from a high altitude.
Lots of rumors and speculation being put out, but that the aircrew initially observed him swimming, treading, or moving about in the water on the first pass they flew over his position is being consistently passed along in media reporting and the rumor mill.

If so, then position of initial entry into the water is known as well as which direction and how far currents and sea state should be moving him. Hoping for the best, but he's been in the water 24 hours about 4 miles off the coast of Florida near Hurlburt/Eglin area with the search area being expanded.
 
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Special Tactics Airman Identified, Recovery Efforts Ongoing
November 10th, 2019
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft, November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, has been identified.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command.
“Cole was a man with deep-rooted beliefs who dedicated himself to God, our freedoms, peace, and his family. He was a devoted family man within our squadron, focused on teaching his girls to be adventurous like he was,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Cooper, commander of the 23rd STS. “This is a tragic loss to the squadron, the Special Tactics community and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates at this time.”
The Dallas, Texas native was a graduate of Sachse High School. He attended Utah Valley University and later served a two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spokane, Washington. Condiff then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2012 and immediately entered the two-year combat control training program. Upon completion of the pipeline, he was assigned to the 23rd STS at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
Condiff was a static-line jumpmaster, military free-fall jumper, combat scuba diver, air traffic controller, and a joint terminal attack controller. As a Special Tactics combat controller, Condiff was specially trained and equipped for immediate deployment into combat operations to conduct reconnaissance, global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.
Condiff completed deployments to Africa and Afghanistan in support of national security objectives. His awards and decorations include an Air Force Achievement Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal with a combat device.
Recovery efforts by a combined U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy team are ongoing. The Air Force is actively investigating the incident. To preserve the integrity of the investigation, no additional details will be released until further notice.
Condiff is survived by his wife and their two daughters as well as by his parents, sister and two brothers. The 24th SOW would like to emphasize the family’s request for privacy.
 

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I haven't heard from him in a long time, but while I was going through the TACP program, Cole and I went to church together frequently. Being at Medina there weren't too many LDS members there so we knew each other. Extremely saddened to hear about this and hoping for the best, and some peace to his family.
 
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