Staff Sergeant Michael Joseph Watts

Staff Sergeant Michael Joseph Watts

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Michael Joseph Watts

Staff Sergeant Michael Watts was killed in an automobile accident near mile marker 11 on U.S. Highway 87 near Raynesford, Montana while returning to Malmstrom AFB. Staff Sergeant Michael Watts and several members of the Tactical Response Force had been in Wyoming to represent the agency during a six-week competition and Tactical Entry School training session.

The driver of another vehicle suffered a medical emergency and lost control of her vehicle, which then clipped the government vehicle that Staff Sergeant Watts was riding in. The impact was so severe that Staff Sergeant Watts was ejected from the vehicle despite wearing a seat belt. The other two team members suffered minor injuries.

Staff Sergeant Watts was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later. At the time of the accident, Staff Sergeant Watts' wife was in labor with his second child.

Staff Sergeant Watts had served with the United States Air Force Security Police for five years and was assigned to the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Montana
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 14, 2006

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How has so much time passed? Your girls are beautiful and my boys keep in contact with them and your family. Trevor reminds me so much of you. They’re almost adults now! We still talk about you and I show them pictures. You were so kind and so funny. You were a wonderful brother and I thought to myself many times how awesome your parents are to have have raised such a wholesome family, full of love and happiness and memories. I feel honored to have been a part of your family and I grieved your death right alongside them even after my divorce from Vernon. I hope you’re up there smiling down at all of us, watching over all of us, and content alongside all of your friends and family who passed before and since you did. Maybe you’re even hanging out with my mom a little haha! Anyway, just wanted to stop by the page and say something. You’re never far from our minds. We miss and love you!

Deputy Jody Strickler
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, WV (Ex-Sister-in-law)

September 18, 2020

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