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Remains of missing Vandenberg Airman recovered

Release Number: 060413

The body of Maj. Jeffery Vincent, a reservist from the 9th Space Operations Squadron here, was recovered off the coast of Miami Apr. 16.

A Broward County medical examiner made the positive identification through dental records at 1 p.m. Apr. 17.

"Jeff was an invaluable member of the 9 SOPS family," said Lt. Col. Joshua Redden, 9 SOPS Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance chief. "He was an amazing officer who had unwavering dedication to the mission and embodied integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. On behalf of the entire 9 SOPS community, we want to extend our most heartfelt condolences to Jeff's family and friends."

The U.S. Coast Guard, Miami-Dade's Marine Patrol and Fire Rescue, along with members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had been searching for Vincent, who disappeared in the water while scuba diving on leave Apr. 7 near Key Biscayne, Fla.

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