The US Department of Defense has released the names of all seven service members who died when their Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in Iraq last week.
— Air Force Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia;
— Air Force Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York, assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York;
— Air Force Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York, 106th Rescue Wing.
— Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York, 106th Rescue Wing;
— Air Force Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York, 106th Rescue Wing;
— Air Force Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida, assigned to the Air Force Reserve’s 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida;
— Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida, 308th Rescue Squadron.
“We are grateful to the Iraqi security forces for their immediate assistance in response to this tragic incident,” said Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these servicemembers today.”
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that their sacrifices “will never be forgotten.”
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