Continuing Coverage...

Fort Drum Loses 10
in Helicopter Crash

Climb to Glory

Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty, Jr.

CWO 3 Eric W. Totten

CWO 2 Christopher B. Donaldson

Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Howick

Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster

Sgt. John C. Griffith

Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp

Spc. Justin L. O'Donohoe

Spc. David N. Timmons Jr.

Pfc. Brian M. Moquin, Jr.

FORT DRUM - 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.

Fort Drum Wives React to Crash
(WWNY 7-News)  

Drum Commander Visibly Moved
Talking About 10 Fallen Soldiers...

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Maj. Gen. Freakley:
We Must Press On

Worcester County Solider
Killed in Afghanistan
(Worcester Telegram) 

New Details About Crash
(WWNY 7-News) 

Maj. Gen. Freakley to Hold Press
Conference Thursday at 11 AM

Memorials for Soldiers to be Private
(WWNY 7-News) 

Grief Counseling at Ft. Drum

Families Brace for More Names

Once Again, Fort Drum Hit Hard
(Joan Biskupic, USA Today, Monday, May 8) 

Troops Trying to Adjust to Loss
(Hart Seely, Syracuse P-S) 
WWNY: Brothers Salute Fallen Soldiers with Display of Flags 

Map: Asadabad, Afghanistan

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Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty Jr.,
41, of Port Orange, Fla.
(Orlando Sentinel)  

A neighbor, who would not give her name, said the family was told about Fenty's death during the weekend.

Sgt. 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.

Sgt. Jeffrey S. Wiekamp,
23, of Utopia, Texas
(San Antonio Express)  

"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."

Chief Warrant Officer 3
Eric W. Totten, 34, of
(David 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."

   Video: Brother Talks

Staff Sgt. Chris Howick,
33, of Hamburg, N.Y.

(Hamburg Sun)  
WWNY: Soldier from WNY Killed

Chris Howick, a 1990 Hamburg High School graduate, leaves behind a wife, Una, and a daughter, Noel.

War Claims 'Spirited, Good Kid'
(Buffalo News)

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Army Warrant Officer Second Class
Christopher B. Donaldson,
28, of Effingham, Illinois
(Effingham Daily News)
“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.

Christopher Donaldson
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."

Sgt. Bryan Allen Brewster,
24, of Victorville, Calif.
(Daily 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 said.

Spc. David Timmons Jr.,
23, of Lewisville, N.C.
(Winston Salem Journal) 
"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 sustained him."

  Teachers Remember
  Family Copes

Pfc. Brian M. Moquin, 19,
of Worcester, Mass.
(Worcester Telegram)

“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.

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