830 miles to Florida, ceremony concludes Airmen march

Posted at 10:10 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 23:10:01-05

A march of 830 miles with 20 Airmen has concluded in Florida.

Last week, the group was passing through Acadiana on their way from Medina Annex on Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to Hurlburt Field in Florida.

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The march was planned to pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, a Special Tactics combat controller, who was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2018, and in honor of the other 19 Special Tactics Airmen who have been killed in action since 9/11.

Monday, a ceremony at Hurlburt Field was hosted by the Air Force Special Operations Command.

The ruck marchers were composed of 10 teams of two Special Tactics Airmen. Each team rucked an average of 12 miles per leg and alternated teams. Each day, the teams rucked a combined 70 miles to complete the 830-mile journey over 11 days.

Full video of the ceremony can be viewed below: