Christian Koch Biography — Wiki
Christian Koch was one of the three members named by the National Guard killed this week when their helicopter crashed in an upstate New York field during a training exercise. All three were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
On Wednesday evening, when Koch’s family first heard rumblings on social media about a military helicopter that crashed in Mendon, they tried to call him. Two helicopters had gone out for a training exercise that night, said his sister-in-law Aimee Koch. Frantically, they tried to figure out which aircraft he was on.
“It became increasingly clear as we tried to reach him by cell phone that he was involved,” she said. “Christian never would have made anybody worry. … As time went by and we didn’t get that call, we knew.”
Christian Koch Age
Christian Koch, of Honeoye Falls, was 39 years old at the time of death.
Everything You Need To Know About Christian Koch
Christian Koch was a 20-year member of the Guard who served in the war in Afghanistan between 2013 and 2019 and the war in Iraq. The National Guard said he was a mentor to soldiers of all ranks throughout his career and was an experienced helicopter pilot and instrument flight instruction.
He had served with them for 20 years after joining as an infantryman in A Company of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and his older brother, Christian Koch joined the U.S. Army shortly after 9/11, said Aimee Koch.
Koch, whose title was chief warrant officer 4, initially served as an infantryman in A Company of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry. He became a helicopter pilot in 2006, flying from the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester airport. His brother Scott Koch also served as a helicopter pilot, Aimee Koch said.
He was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served in 2012 and 2013 and the war in Iraq in 2008 and 2009. He served as part of Operation Noble Eagle, the National Guard security mission in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in 2004.
Christian Koch wife, kids, family
She said she’s known Christian since 1999 when he was a senior in high school. Aimee Koch is married to his older brother, Scott, and the two families lived near each other in Honeoye Falls. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Koch’s 40th birthday would have been this coming Monday, his sister-in-law said.
He and his wife Teressa DaGama married on Oct. 5, 2019, bringing two children each from previous relationships and blending their families.
Koch loved his children — biological or bonus — with the same passion, Aimee Koch said.
Christian Koch Death
Koch, 39, died Wednesday along with two other New York Army National Guard soldiers when their UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter crashed while on a routine training mission just after 6:30 p.m.
New York Helicopter Crash: What we know so far
Between them, the three servicemen had won a long list of awards, including the Meritorious Service and NATO medals, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation and Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Global War on Terrorism Service and National Defense Service medals.
They died after the UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter they were traveling crashed in a farmer’s field near Mendon, south of Rochester, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There were no survivors.
The group had been conducted a routine training mission on night vision goggle proficiency training at the time of the accident.
It had flown out of the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport and was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, Durr said. Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said at a news conference Wednesday that witnesses who called 911 reported hearing the sounds of an engine sputtering and said the aircraft was flying very low.
The bodies of the victims were moved to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Brighton on Thursday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also ordered for flags on state buildings to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the troops on Thursday. An Army Safety Investigation team arrived at the site Thursday from Fort Rucker in Alabama as the investigation into the crash continues.
As of Friday morning, the road along the crash site remains closed.
The FAA is also assisting with the probe.