Daniel Prial Biography — Wiki
Daniel Prial 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.
They have been named as Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, Christian Koch and Daniel Prial. Prial was on board a New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport when it crashed in the Town of Mendon, NY.
Daniel Prial Age
Daniel Prial, of Rochester, was 30 years old at the time of death.
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Daniel Pria, a 2008 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, had served in the Army since 2012 after earning a commission at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as a medical evacuation platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015 with the 82nd Airborne Division and served as an instructor pilot for students at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where the Army trains helicopter pilots.
Prial attained the rank of captain before accepting an appointment as a warrant officer in the New York Army National Guard so he could continue to fly. He was working as a federal technician at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Rochester International Airport. He was rated to fly the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and had 670 flying hours.
His awards include the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal and the Army Aviator Badge.
Prial was described by fellow soldiers as extremely humble and family-centric. He had an ability to fit in quickly and make an immediate impact on new groups, according to soldiers in his unit.
Daniel Prial, whose family is from Warwick, served in the Army after earning a commission at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2012. He served as a medical evacuation platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015.
Prial became a captain before accepting an appointment as a warrant officer in the Guard so he could continue to fly, officials said. He was described as extremely humble and family-centric by fellow soldiers, the National Guard statement said.
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.