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Iraq helicopter crash victim from Colorado Springs

Iraq helicopter crash victim from Colorado Springs

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Capt. Mark K. Weber of Colorado Springs was among the seven airmen who died Thursday when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq, the Defense Department said Saturday.

Weber, 29, was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., the Pentagon said.

Four of the airmen were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, N.Y.

-Capt. Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, N.Y.

-Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, N.Y.

-Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, N.Y.

-Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.

Two were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.:

-Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Fla.

-Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Fla.

The cause of the crash during operations against ISIS is under investigation, but officials have said there were no indications the helicopter had been shot down. In their initial statements, officials said the helicopter, which is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, was in transit when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.

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