David Knadle, Kirk Fuchigami were both Apache pilots assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Fort Hood, Texas.
David Knadle, Kirk Fuchigami Age
Knadle was 33 years old while Fuchigami was 25 years old.
U.S. Army identifies Apache pilots killed in helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday while protecting U.S. forces on the ground.
CW2 Kirk T. Fuchigami, 25, of Keaau, Hawaii and CW2 David C. Knadle, 33, of Tarrant, Texas were members of the 1st Cavalry Division. pic.twitter.com/O3f8SWJmBl
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) November 21, 2019
David Knadle, Kirk Fuchigami Career
Kandle, from Tarrant, Texas, and Fuchigami, from Keaanu, Hawaii, both deployed to Afghanistan in October 2019 and served in the Army as Apache helicopter pilots.
Knadle, who had earned awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and Army Achievement Medal, joined the Army as an active-duty soldier in April 2013 and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment in April 2015, according to the 1st Cavalry Division.
Fuchigami also earned awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He became an active-duty soldier in May 2017 and joined the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment in October 2018.
David Knadle, Kirk Fuchigami Death and Cause of Death
The Pentagon has identified two soldiers who died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday while supporting American forces in Afghanistan: Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Knadle and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami Jr.
Rest in peace: Two Chief Warrant Officer 2s, 25-year-old Kirk Fuchigami Jr. and 33-year-old David Knadle, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan yesterday while they were providing security for troops on the ground. Thank you for your service 🇺🇸 https://t.co/NWukJb1flz pic.twitter.com/AgYfJZ6qYZ
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) November 21, 2019
They died when their helicopter crashed in the Logar Province, south of Kabul while providing security to troops on the ground, a defense official told Fox News.
“The first Attack is saddened by the tragic loss of Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr,” Lt. Col. Adam Camarano, commander of the 1-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go to both families and their friends during this difficult time.”
Both men deployed to the region last month. President Trump flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday in an unannounced visit to watch the flagged-draped caskets with the two soldiers arrive in the United States.
President Trump salutes during the dignified transfer ceremony this evening at Dover AFB, for Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle of Tarrant, Texas and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. of Keaau, Hawaii, who were killed Wed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/n92whpVDW0
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) November 22, 2019
A statement from the U.S.-led NATO coalition Resolute Support said initial reports did not indicate the crash was caused by enemy fire.
“The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire”, the statement confirmed.
However, according to Army Times reports, the Taliban claimed it had shot down a helicopter in Logar Province.
Facts You Need To Know
- Trump and Melania paid respects at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and met families of the fallen last night
- Oscar-winner Voight, who had received a medal at the White House earlier yesterday, joined them for the trip
- The President saluted as the remains of Army pilots David Knadle, 33, and Kirk Fuchigami Jr., 25, arrived home
- They died Wednesday in Logar Province, Afghanistan, while giving security to troops on the ground
- A total of 19 U.S. troops have been killed in combat in Afghanistan this year, marking the highest number of losses since 2014. Separately, there have also been three non-combat deaths in Afghanistan this year