CANNON, AFB (KSMX) – An Airman assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed in action this past week in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin was a special tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron. He had been deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two of his joint members were also killed when their vehicle hit an IED. Elchin’s role was to advise the Ground Force Commander of direct close air support aircraft and deliver destructive ordinance on enemy targets in support of offensive combat operations. Elchin was a qualified military static line jumper, free fall jumper, an Air Force qualified combat scuba diver, and a qualified Joint Terminal Attack Controller. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, among others. Elchin was from Hopewell, Pennsylvania.