Four New York service members among 7 killed in Iraq helicopter crash

DOD identifies 7 US service members killed in Iraq helicopter crash

The Air Force Has Identified The 7 Killed In A Helicopter Crash In Iraq

They were all assigned to the wing's 101st Rescue Squadron, which specializes in personnel recovery of pilots, military personnel and civilians, by air, land and sea, during combat and peacetime.

Two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity and citing initial reports, said on Thursday the aircraft crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province close to the Syrian border. The crash, which did not appear to be the result of enemy activity, is under investigation, the US Central Command said in an earlier statement.

The Defense Department released the names of the seven airmen on Saturday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that two members of the New York Fire Department were among those killed in the crash, later identified as Raguso and Zanetis. He previously served in Afghanistan as a munitions system specialist with the 106th Maintenance Group, and completed missions in Texas and the Caribbean following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma a year ago.

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The 106th, which has about 1,000 members - roughly 90 percent from Long Island - has been regularly deploying to war zones since George W. Bush first began sending troops to Afghanistan following 9/11, according to New York National Guard spokesman Eric Durr. "My honest condolences are with the family members and I ask that all New Yorkers keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this hard time". He was a full time military member and has previously been deployed to Afghanistan, to Texas for Hurricane Harvey and to the Caribbean for Hurricane Irma.

Capt. Andreas O'Keefe was a fulltime federal employee who previously deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

Top photo credit: Riverhead's Staff Sgt. Briggs, left, and Capt. Andreas O'Keeffe of Center Moriches were among the four New York Air National Guard members assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach killed in Iraq on Thursday.

President Donald Trump later tweeted his condolences to the families of the "brave troops". Their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten'.

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