By TARA COPP (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Monday recognized the 5 Army aviation particular operations forces killed when their UH-60 helicopter crashed within the Eastern Mediterranean.
The army’s European Command mentioned the helicopter went down over the weekend throughout an air refueling mission as a part of army coaching.
The 5 service members who died have been Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, 38, of Clarksville, Tennessee; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, 34, of Sacramento, California; Staff 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 Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on Israel. There are two provider strike teams working within the area, U.S. Air Force squadrons have acquired extra crews and warplanes, and U.S. particular operations forces have been added to assist Israel in efforts to rescue hostages taken into Gaza.
Army aviation particular operations forces are assigned to the one hundred and sixtieth Special Operations Aviation Regiment primarily based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The group has virtually 3,000 troopers and greater than 200 plane, based on the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.