The Pentagon identified the seven airmen killed when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq, near the Syrian border.
"It is with heavy heart I share words the USAFCENT family lost seven brave Airmen in a crash in Iraq March 15," Lt. Gen Jeff Harrigian, the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said in a statement posted on Twitter. "My thoughts are with the family & loved ones of our fallen."
Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base.
Four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base: Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37; Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37; Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39; and Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30.
Two airmen were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base: Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, and Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the DoD release said.
“The motto of the rescue community is, ‘these things we do that others may live.’ I am alive today and serving as CSAF because of them. “Our hearts go out to the families and squadron teammates of our fallen. These things they did...”
GREENBELT, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes.
An undated image of Hoda Muthana provided by her attorney, Hassan Shibly. (Associated Press)
Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump asking the court to recognize the citizenship of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS and allow she and her young son to return to the United States.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.