Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Kills Two Warrant Officers

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Two warrant officers were killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash on Wednesday. They were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T.  Jr. of 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood.

The Army stated that the helicopter did not appear to be taken down by enemy fire, although the Taliban claimed they shot down a Chinook CH-47 in Logar Province. They tend to exaggerate. But the incident is under investigation. According to the Army, the helicopter was providing security to troops on the ground at the time of the crash.

Both men were listed by the Army as pilots of the AH-64 Apache. Knadle was from Texas and Fuchigami was from the Big Island in Hawaii. The Army did not release the type of aircraft involved in the Afghanistan helicopter crash.

“The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.” Resolute Support statement

“First Attack is saddened by the tragic loss of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr.. Our heartfelt condolences go to both families and their friends during this difficult time. [They] will always be remembered as a part of the heroic legacy of the 1st Cavalry Division, forged by the sacrifices of brave Cavalry Troopers who have laid down their lives in defense of freedom.” Lt. Col. Adam Camarano, commander of 1-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion reported:

Knadle joined the Army in April 2013 and was assigned to 1-227th as an Apache pilot in April 2015, officials said. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Fuchigami entered active duty in May 2017 and was assigned to 1-227th as a pilot in October 2018. He had earned the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal and Combat Action Badge, among other awards.

They both deployed to Afghanistan in October.

Rest in peace, gentleman.

Featured photo: via US Army


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