Marine Corps free fall instructors honored late Marine Corps Sgt. Brett Jaffe last week by releasing his ashes in mid-air, above the Phillips Drop Zone on Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett said of the gesture:
"It was an honor and privilege to take this Marine on his last jump and give him a proper hail and farewell."
Rhett and the other free fall instructors are assigned to Marine Detachment, Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
According to TheUnion.com, the 41-year-old Sgt. Jaffe died July 15 in a Jet Ski accident at Boca Reservoir in Northern California. The Daily Pilot reports Jaffe served in the Marines for 11 years.