Derby High School graduate killed in parachute training accident

Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic
Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic

DERBY, Kansas – Master Sgt. Josh Gavulic, a tactical air control party member assigned to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Benning, Georgia, was killed in a parachute training accident Friday in Eloy, Arizona.

Gavulic leaves behind a wife and six children. He was a graduate of Derby High School.

He was a decorated special tactics airman who survived 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

During his 16 years in the Air Force, Gavulic earned three Bronze Star medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals with Valor, two Air Force Commendation Medals and an Army Commendation Medal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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