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Fallen special operators honored with AFSOC 830 mile ruck march

Twenty special tactics airmen are marching from Texas to Florida to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, a special tactics combat controller, who was killed in action in eastern Afghanistan Nov. 27.

The airmen set off from the Medina Annex at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, at 2 a.m. Friday morning. They are scheduled to arrive at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Mar. 4 at 1 p.m.

The ruck march will also honor the 19 other special tactics airmen who have been killed in action since Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force Special Operations Command said in a news release Thursday.

Elchin was killed in Ghazni province’s Andar district when the vehicle he was riding in hit a large roadside bomb. Army Green Berets Capt. Andrew Ross and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond were also killed in the blast.

Army Sgt. Jason McClary, an infantryman, died in early December from injuries sustained during the explosion.

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