Marty B. Bettelyoun
Cause: Parachute Accident
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Monday, August 03, 2015
?? 1980 - 03 Aug 2015
Tech. Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun was making a routine parachute jump Monday at Eglin Air Force Base when he collided with another airman. Marty was born in Eugene and spent time growing up in Puyallup, Washington. He graduated from Oregon City High School in 1997. USAF Combat Control Team (CCT) member, Technical Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL. Marty died from injuries while participating in a routine military freefall parachuting exercise.
Bettelyoun, 35, was a 15-year Air Force veteran and had served several deployments in sensitive areas around the world. He last served as a combat controller assigned to the 720th Operations Support Squadron, which is part of the 720th Special Tactics Group, 24th Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
He has served in combat roles for more than 14 years as both a SERE instructor and combat controller and died as a member of the most decorated unit in the Air Force. As a Special Tactics Combat Controller in the 24th Special Operations Wing, he was part of a team of Combat Controllers, Pararescue (PJs), Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), and Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT), and specialized mission support personnel who often go into battle along side our world's finest Special Operations Forces (SOF). Marty commonly deployed or trained with Navy SEALs, Marine Reconnaissance, Army Rangers and Special Forces teams. A married father of five, he was the epitome of tip-of-spear warrior, teammate, friend, father, and husband.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and five children.