The Pentagon identifies the 5 US troops killed in a military helicopter crash over the Mediterranean

by Chloe Baker
Helicopter Crash Tragedy

The Pentagon disclosed on Monday the identities of the five U.S. Army Special Operations aviators who perished in a UH-60 helicopter crash in the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to the European Command of the military, the crash occurred over the weekend while the helicopter was engaged in a refueling operation during a training exercise.

The fallen service members are identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, 38, from Clarksville, Tennessee; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, 34, from Sacramento, California; Staff Sgt. Tanner W. Grone, 26, from Gorham, New Hampshire; Sgt. Andrew P. Southard, 27, from Apache Junction, Arizona; and Sgt. Cade M. Wolfe, 24, from Mankato, Minnesota.

Following the attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7, the U.S. increased its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. The region now hosts two carrier strike groups, augmented U.S. Air Force squadrons with additional personnel and aircraft, and U.S. Special Operations forces aiding Israel in rescue operations for hostages taken to Gaza.

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is the home unit for these Army aviation special operations forces. The regiment comprises nearly 3,000 soldiers and over 200 aircraft, as per the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Pentagon UH-60 crash

What happened in the recent U.S. military helicopter crash?

The Pentagon reported that a UH-60 helicopter carrying Army Special Operations forces crashed in the Eastern Mediterranean during a training mission, resulting in the death of five servicemen.

Who were the U.S. servicemen killed in the UH-60 helicopter crash?

The deceased servicemen were Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, Staff Sgt. Tanner W. Grone, Sgt. Andrew P. Southard, and Sgt. Cade M. Wolfe.

Where did the U.S. military helicopter crash occur?

The crash took place in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea during a training exercise involving air refueling.

How has the U.S. responded to the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7?

In response to the Hamas attack, the U.S. has bolstered its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, including deploying two carrier strike groups, reinforcing Air Force squadrons, and adding Special Operations forces to assist Israel.

What is the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment?

The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is a specialized unit in the U.S. Army comprising about 3,000 soldiers and more than 200 aircraft, responsible for conducting special operations aviation missions.

More about Pentagon UH-60 crash

  • Pentagon Identifies Soldiers Killed in Crash
  • UH-60 Helicopter Incident Report
  • U.S. Military Presence in Eastern Mediterranean
  • 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Details
  • U.S. Response to Hamas Attack on Israel

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SarahB November 14, 2023 - 1:00 am

its always heartbreaking when we lose soldiers, especially in training missions. Praying for their loved ones during this tough time.

Greg H November 14, 2023 - 2:09 am

seriously, a helicopter crash? How does that even happen with all the tech and training we have. Something’s not right here.

Dave_K November 14, 2023 - 6:25 am

wow, didn’t realize the situation was so tense in the Eastern Mediterranean. This is a big loss for the Army Special Ops community

Veteran42 November 14, 2023 - 12:49 pm

As a former serviceman, it hurts to see news like this. These brave souls paid the ultimate price for our freedom, may they rest in peace.

Mike Johnson November 14, 2023 - 1:26 pm

so sad to hear about this, these guys were heroes serving their country, RIP to them and condolences to the families..

Emily Turner November 14, 2023 - 1:32 pm

This is tragic, can’t imagine what the families are going through right now. Hope the Pentagon provides them with all the support they need.


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