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PRESS RELEASE: 33rd Fighter Wing service member death

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing was found deceased on November 11, 2023. The Airman has been identified as 34-year-old, U.S Air Force Capt. Nicholas Brown.

A search for Brown was conducted by the United States Coast Guard after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office issued an Aqua Alert for a distressed swimmer. 

“We’re mourning the loss of a valued teammate today.” said U.S. Air Force Col. Dave Skalicky, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Capt. Brown’s family, friends, fellow Nomads, and all those affected by this tragic loss. Our focus right now is ensuring we care for those closest to him and provide all the support and resources we can to our Nomads and families during this difficult time.”  

Brown was an instructor pilot for the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base and was from Austin, Texas.

Details surrounding the death are under investigation. For more information, contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.