The Air Force Has Identified The 7 Killed In A Helicopter Crash In Iraq

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter conducts training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum

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.

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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.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who was retrieved by pararescue airmen after being shot down over Serbia in 1999, expressed his condolences in a series of tweets on Saturday.

“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...”


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