Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the names of seven airmen who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died March 15, 2018, when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq near the Syrian border.
Killed in the crash:
Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. For more information including previous deployments, media sources may contact the 23rd Wing public affairs office at 229-257-4146.
Captain Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York. Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York. Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York. Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York. All four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York. Additional information on these airmen is available to media sources by contacting the New York National Guard public affairs office at 518-786-4581.
Airmen killed who were not attached to the New York National Guard or Moody Air Force Base were Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida and Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida. Both airmen were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Media sources may contact the 920th Rescue Wing public affairs office at 321-615-0329 for additional information.
The U.S. military is investigating the cause of the crash, although preliminary reports indicate the helicopter did not go down as a result of enemy fire. At this time, it is thought the aircraft came in contact with electrical wires.
Flying in tandem with another Pave Hawk, the crash site was immediately secured by the second aircraft and Iraqi security forces on the ground.