Fort Carson soldiers killed when Army helicopter crashes in California

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

KRDO NewsChannel 13 is investigating the recent safety record of the Apache AH-64 helicopter, in which two Fort Carson soldiers died during a California training mission last weekend.

The pilot and co-pilot were identified as 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, of IN, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke, of California, according to a statement Monday from Fort Carson, Colorado, where both soldiers were assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

The helicopter was attached to the Army's 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson, Colorado. "They were selfless, mission-focused, and committed to their teammates".

"Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to their families and friends during this hard and painful time. We will forever be better soldiers, and a more combat-ready aviation brigade, due to their leadership".

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Brandy Gill, a spokesperson at Fort Carson.

The AH64 Apache crashed early Saturday morning at the military training facility, which is northeast of Barstow, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Jason S. Brown said in a statement.

According to information given by another un-named official, the Apache helicopter was engaged in a "readiness training exercise" during the time of the incident. But Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing and transportation to families of wounded servicemembers, said it would provide the benefit as soon as it got the go-ahead from the Pentagon. In November, the head of Army aviation, Maj. Gen.

About 37 US troops died in non-combat plane crashes - more than 130% higher than in 2016 - during routine operations in 2017, Fox News reported.

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