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    Division West releases service data, photos of Soldiers killed in UH-60L Black Hawk crash

    Division West releases service data, photos of Soldiers killed in UH-60L Black Hawk crash

    Courtesy Photo | Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael F. Tharp is pictured. (Enhanced photo courtesy of Fort...... read more read more

    FORT HOOD, TX, UNITED STATES

    12.01.2015

    Courtesy Story

    First Army Division West

    FORT HOOD, Texas — Photos and service data for the four Soldiers killed in a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter crash here Nov. 23 are released.

    The crash occurred sometime after 5:49 p.m. in the northeast portion of the Fort Hood training area.

    All four crew members were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, First Army Division West. The aircraft, assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment was on a routine training mission.

    Service data on the fallen warriors:

    Sgt. 1st Class Toby A. Childers, 40, whose home of record is listed as Hays, Kansas, entered active-duty military service in September 1999 as a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter repairer and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, Division West, Fort Hood, since August 2014.

    Childers deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2010 to February 2011 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2013 to April 2014.

    Childers’ awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Aviation Badge and Senior Aviation Badge.

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen B. Cooley, 40, whose home of record is Cantonment, Florida, entered active-duty military service in January 2000 as a rotary wing aviator. In July 2007 he became a UH-60 (Black Hawk) pilot, and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, Division West, Fort Hood, since February 2014.

    Cooley deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2012 to March 2013, to Iraq from January 2008 to October 2008 and from January 2011 to November 2011.

    Cooley’s awards and decorations include three Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Security Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Army Aviator Badge and the Senior Army Aviator Badge.

    Sgt. 1st Class Jason M. Smith, 35, whose home of record is Destrehan, Louisiana, entered active-duty service in June 2000 as a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter repairer, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, Division West, 1st Army, Fort Hood, since Oct. 29.

    Smith deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2004 to March 2005, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2011 to September 2012 and in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom's Sentinel from September 2014 to May 2015.

    Smith's awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Aviation Badge, and Senior Aviation Badge.

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael F. Tharp, 40, has been posthumously promoted Dec. 1, 2015. His home of record is listed as Katy, Texas, entered active-duty military service in September 1995 as a rotary wing aviator. In August 2009 he became a UH-60 (Black Hawk) pilot and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, Division West, Fort Hood since September 2014.

    Tharp deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2010 to March 2011 and from September 2012 to April 2013.

    Tharp’s awards and decorations include two Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Senior Parachutist Badge.

    The cause of the crash at this time is unknown, pending an investigation by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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    Date Taken: 12.01.2015
    Date Posted: 12.01.2015 17:23
    Story ID: 183212
    Location: FORT HOOD, TX, US 
    Hometown: CANTONMENT, FL, US
    Hometown: DESTREHAN, LA, US
    Hometown: HAYS, KS, US
    Hometown: KATY, TX, US

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