FORT BRAGG, N.C. One soldier from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade was killed during a helicopter accident Saturday night.
Officials said Sgt Dwight W. Burn, 27 of Barstow, California died of his injuries when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down in Fort Bliss northern training area. The crash happened near Orogrande, New Mexico.
Three other soldiers involved in the crash are listed stable condition. Officials have not released the names of those three soldiers saying their families asked for privacy.
Officials said two of the soldiers are expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours, the third soldier will remain hospitalized as he recovers.
The loss of a Pegasus Trooper weighs heavy on our hearts today, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends affected by this tremendous loss. We are committed to providing support to our Soldiers and Families during this difficult time, said Col. Mike Musiol, 82nd CAB Commander.
Burn graduated from high school in 2005 and enlisted in the United States Army on May 11, 2010 as a CH-47 helicopter repairer. Following advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, he was assigned to Company B, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd CAB, 82nd Abn. Div. Burn deployed to Afghanistan from September 2011 to September 2012 with the 82nd CAB, officials said.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Army Aviation Badge.
The unit was conducting High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training at Fort Bliss, Texas at the time of the crash. This training is required in order to prepare 82nd CAB Aviators to deploy anytime, to any environment in support of the Global Response Force and other missions, as there are unique challenges to aircraft and aircrews posed by a mountainous environment.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing with teams from the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Army Readiness/Safety Center.