Airman and his wife found dead after Offutt Air Force Base shooting

The Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in 2013.


By ROSE L. THAYER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 30, 2019

Tech. Sgt. Zachary Firlik, a 17-year veteran of the Air Force, and his wife were found dead Saturday night following a shooting in military housing near Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, service officials confirmed.

Air Force Col. Gavin Marks told the Omaha World-Herald that the shooting occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in the Rising View community in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, just west of the base, The Associated Press reported.

Firlik was identified Monday by base officials as the airman found dead. However, base officials did not name Firlik’s wife.

Base officials also did not provide details about the deaths. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations detachment at Offutt is leading the investigation, though personnel from Sarpy County also responded to the incident.

Firlik was an assistant flight chief assigned to the 55th Security Forces Squadron since April 25. He joined the Air Force on June 26, 2002, according to officials at Offutt. His awards and decorations included two Air Force Commendation medals and one Air Force Achievement Medal, according to his service record.

Offutt is home to U.S. Strategic Command and is located about 10 miles south of Omaha. It has about 6,500 airmen and the 55th Wing is the Air Force’s only unit to fly the RC-135, a fixed-wing reconnaissance aircraft.

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