December 11, 2023

By TARA COPP | Related Press

WASHINGTON  — The Pentagon on Monday recognized the 5 Military aviation particular operations forces killed when their UH-60 helicopter crashed within the Jap Mediterranean.

The army’s European Command stated the helicopter went down over the weekend throughout an air refueling mission as a part of army coaching.

The 5 service members who died had been Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, 38, of Clarksville, Tennessee; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, 34, of Sacramento, California; Workers Sgt. Tanner W. Grone, 26, of Gorham, New Hampshire; Sgt. Andrew P. Southard, 27, of Apache Junction, Arizona; and Sgt. Cade M. Wolfe, 24, of Mankato, Minnesota.

The U.S. has constructed up its drive presence within the Jap Mediterranean and the Center East in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on Israel. There are two service strike teams working within the area, U.S. Air Power squadrons have obtained extra crews and warplanes, and U.S. particular operations forces have been added to assist Israel in efforts to rescue hostages taken into Gaza.

Military aviation particular operations forces are assigned to the a hundred and sixtieth Particular Operations Aviation Regiment primarily based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The group has virtually 3,000 troopers and greater than 200 plane, in response to the U.S. Military Particular Operations Command.