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Two Special Operations Aviation Soldiers die in helicopter training accident

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http://www.soc.mil/UNS/Releases/2011/August/110809-04.html

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 9, 2011) – Two Army Special Operations Aviation Soldiers died in a helicopter accident Aug. 8, 2011, on a live-fire range at Fort Benning, Ga.

The aviators were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The servicemembers died after their AH-6M Little Bird helicopter crashed while conducting routine military training involving Rangers and other special operations personnel.

There were no other injuries reported.

Names are being withheld in accordance with Department of Defense policy concerning family notifications.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is conducting an investigation into the cause of this accident.

NOTE TO THE MEDIA: media queries should be directed to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs Office at (270) 412-8108 or email at 160-RS5-PAO@soar.army.mil.
 

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9 days into August and there are around 30 dead from the SOF side of the house. :(

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http://www.soc.mil/UNS/Releases/2011/August/110810-01.html

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 10, 2011) – Two Army Special Operations Aviation Soldiers who died in a helicopter accident Aug. 8, at a live-fire range on Fort Benning, Ga., have been identified.
Capt. John D. Hortman and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven B. Redd both assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky., died after their AH-6M Little Bird helicopter crashed while conducting routine military training involving Rangers and other special operations personnel.
There were no other injuries reported.
Hortman, 30, a native of Inman, S.C., served as a Special Operations Light Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader. He is survived by his mother, Brenda Jones, of Inman, S.C., his sister, Jill Hortman, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his brother, Andy Pierce, of Overland Park, Kan.
Redd, 37, a native of Lancaster, Calif., served as a fully mission qualified AH-6M aviator and armament platoon leader. He is survived by his wife Adalia Redd of Clarksville, Tenn.; children Jazlyn, of Clarksville, and Tristyn and Dezaray of Fort Polk, La.; step-children Paige, Eden, and Ledger Halls of Clarksville; and parents Louis and Dorothy Redd of Layton, Utah.
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is conducting an investigation into the cause of this accident.
NOTE TO THE MEDIA: media queries should be directed to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs Office at (270) 412-8108 or email at 160-RS5-PAO@soar.army.mil. Family and Commander Statements, biographical sketch and photographs for each Aviator are available at the US Army Special Operations Command news service, http://www.soc.mil/UNS/News.html.