A Cathedral City man was among seven servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N.A. Krause, 29, died Thursday when the Black Hawk helicopter he and another man were piloting went down northeast of Kandahar, according to Pentagon officials.
Suresh and Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, Fla., were attached to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Suresh, a five-year military veteran, was on his second combat tour of duty, according to the Army.
The nature of the crash was under investigation.
Also on board the flight were:
– U.S. Naval Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, of Des Moines, Wash.;
– Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, 28, of Edgewater, Md.
– Army Sgt. Richard A. Essex, 23, of Kelseyville, Calif.;
– Sgt. Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and
– Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, Mich.
No one survived the crash. All of the men were deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.