Fort Drum Loses 10
in Helicopter Crash
Col. Joseph J. Fenty, Jr.
CWO 3 Eric W. Totten
CWO 2 Christopher B. Donaldson
Christopher T. Howick
Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster
Sgt. John C. Griffith
Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp
Spc. David N. Timmons Jr.
Brian M. Moquin, Jr.
- Ten Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division were killed
May 5 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter
crashed while conducting combat operations.
Six of the Soldiers were assigned to the
division's 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment. Four
other Soldiers killed in the accident were assigned to the 3rd
Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, a unit within the 10th
Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The bodies of the Soldiers killed in the
accident, along with the helicopter, were recovered May 8 by members of
Combined Joint Task Force-76, the coalition military force charged with
eliminating terrorist forces from Afghanistan and fostering an environment for
the foundation of a democratic Afghan government.
Some 5,800 10th Mountain Division
Soldiers based at Fort Drum, along with 1,300 Mountain Soldiers based at Fort
Polk, La., deployed to Afghanistan in January to serve as the core of Combined
Joint Task Force-76.
Drum Wives React to Crash
Commander Visibly Moved
Talking About 10 Fallen Soldiers...
We Must Press On
Killed in Afghanistan
Details About Crash
Gen. Freakley to Hold Press
Conference Thursday at 11 AM
for Soldiers to be Private
Counseling at Ft. Drum
Brace for More Names
Again, Fort Drum Hit Hard
Biskupic, USA Today, Monday, May 8)
Trying to Adjust to Loss
Seely, Syracuse P-S)
Salute Fallen Soldiers with Display of Flags
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Col. Joseph J. Fenty Jr.,
41, of Port Orange, Fla.
A neighbor, who would not give her name, said the family was told about Fenty's
death during the weekend.
John C. Griffith, 33,
of Las Vegas, Nevada
Griffith is survived by his wife, Christa; their children Hunter, Spencer and
Kailynn; and his parent, Robert and Barbara.
Jeffrey S. Wiekamp,
23, of Utopia, Texas
"It's a pretty hard thing. He's the first one we've lost from here,"
Jean Findling said as she checked out customers at the general store.
"This is a small community, so one family's kid is everybody's kid."
Warrant Officer 3
W. Totten, 34, of
Hawley, Pioneer Press)
"I never really worried about him because he was so intelligent and
competent and because he wasn't cocky," his brother said. "I worried
about the younger ones, the 19- and 20-year-olds, but not Eric."
Sgt. Chris Howick,
33, of Hamburg, N.Y.
from WNY Killed
Chris Howick, a 1990 Hamburg High School graduate, leaves behind a wife, Una,
and a daughter, Noel.
Claims 'Spirited, Good Kid'
Warrant Officer Second Class
of Effingham, Illinois
“He was a great soldier, a great brother and a great friend,” his mother
said. “He had a big heart and helped whoever he could.”
“He was a go-getter,” she said.
Found Purpose in the Army
(Adam Jadhav, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Army "changed him. He stood up straighter. He was more respectful and
thoughtful," his mother said. "You could tell he was a man."
Bryan Allen Brewster,
of Victorville, Calif.
Bulletin, Inland Valley, Ca.)
"In only three years, he achieved the rank of sergeant. He easily earned
the trust and loyalty of the 30 men in his unit..." ‘‘Every one
of us is very proud of what Bryan did and what he accomplished,'' his father
David Timmons Jr.,
of Lewisville, N.C.
"He knew it was a difficult assignment," his father said. "The
last time I saw him face-to-face, he cried like a baby. But he knew he had to
suck it up and do his job. He had a strong belief in God, and that's what
Brian M. Moquin, 19,
of Worcester, Mass.
“He was too young,” his mother said in an interview at home, as about a
dozen relatives and friends grieved with her. “He just wanted to do something
to make everybody proud. I’m very proud of him,” she said.