Sources: Colo. Guard member killed in Afghan crash

DENVER — Two people with knowledge of the tragedy say a Colorado Army National Guard member was among the 38 people killed when a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

The people who confirmed the death spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the Defense Department had not yet released the information.

About 70 members of the Colorado Guard left for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan in May.

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says the 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in the crash were on a mission to assist forces pursuing a Taliban leader.

The coalition says an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the Chinook helicopter and shot it down.

It was deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.



COMMENTS

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.




Search More Jobs






THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy