The last week’s training accident over the Gulf of Mexico ended tragically after an airman who fell from a C-130 airplane during the training reported missing. Today, the U.S Air Force (USAF) identified airman as a 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff.
According to the USAF, he is still missing and it is presumed dead. It is believed that he died during a training accident. The accident occurred on November 5. The recovery effort for Condiff’s body was still underway, according to the Air Force statement issued on Saturday.
“The Air Force is actively investigating the incident,” officials said. “To preserve the integrity of the investigation, no additional details will be released until further notice.”
Staff. Sgt. Condiff joined the United States Air Force in 2012 and served two overseas deployments in Africa and Afghanistan. He grew up in Spokane, Washington, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In the Air Force, Condiff was trained as a static-line jumpmaster, military free-fall jumper, combat scuba diver, air traffic controller, and a joint terminal attack controller. He was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal and an Air Force Achievement Medal for his service.
“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,” U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Cooper, Condiff’s commander, said in a statement.
He added, “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.”
Condiff and his wife Rachael have two daughters, Charley, four, and Quinn, one. His family, friends and relatives shared tributes to him via social media. The search for Staff. Sgt. Condiff is ongoing and our prayers are with those who are looking for him.