The U.S. military has released the names and photos of five special operations soldiers who perished in a Blackhawk helicopter crash during a routine refueling mission over the Mediterranean Sea. The Pentagon has identified the victims and President Biden has expressed his condolences, underscoring the daily risks and bravery of service members. No hostile action was involved in the crash.
- Identification of the Deceased: The five U.S. Army Special Operations aviation soldiers killed in the crash were Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, Staff Sgt. Tanner W. Grone, Sgt. Andrew P. Southard, and Sgt. Cade M. Wolfe.
- President Biden’s Statement: President Biden mourned the loss of these service members, highlighting their sacrifice and the shared national grief over their passing.
- Nature of the Mission: The soldiers were conducting a routine refueling flight at the time of the crash, with no indication of hostile involvement.
- Response to the Incident: Immediate search and rescue efforts were undertaken by the U.S. military, confirming the deaths of all onboard.
- Context of U.S. Military Presence: The U.S. maintains extensive military assets in the eastern Mediterranean as part of broader efforts to deter regional threats.