DoD identifies 7 airmen killed in helicopter crash in western Iraq
Capt. Mark Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Weber was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron. He commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 2011, according to information from Moody Air Force Base.
Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York. Raguso was assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing. Raguso was an HH-60G special missions aviation flight engineer, according to the New York Guard. He joined the 106th Rescue Wing in 2001 and was a member of the New York City Fire Department. He was assigned to the wing’s 101st Rescue Squadron.He previously deployed to Iraq as a fire protection specialist with the 106th Civil Engineering Squadron, twice to Afghanistan with the 101st Rescue Squadron, once to the Horn of Africa, and to Texas and the Caribbean for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York. Briggs was assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing.Briggs was an HH-60G special missions aviation flight engineer. He joined the 106th Rescue Wing in 2010. He was a full time military member with the wing and assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron. He previously deployed to Afghanistan as a munitions system specialist with the 106th Maintenance Group, and to Texas and the Caribbean for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as a member of the 101st. “It is with great sadness that I report the loss of four of our wing members,” said Col. Michael Bank, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, in a statement. “All four of these heroes served their nation and community. Our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends that have been touched by this tragic event.”