Army helicopter crashes in Louisiana, killing 1 person, injuring 3 others

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FORT POLK, LA – NOVEMBER 14: The Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk is shown November 14, 2002 in Louisiana. Two unidentified U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Brigade 101st died at the training center earlier today. The two soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, were crushed by an M1 tank during training exercises. The soldiers were airlifted to Baynes Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk were they died as a result of the injuries earlier this morning. The accident is under investigation and has halted the exercise involving hundreds of soldiers who gathered at Fort Polk for several weeks of training. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

UPDATE:

Officials have released the name of the person who died in yesterday’s crash.

At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, 26 September 2019, a Soldier from JRTC and Fort Polk’s 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment was killed in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter accident during a JRTC rotation within the Fort Polk training area. Three other 1-5 AV Soldiers were injured.

Major Trevor Joseph, the Company Commander of C/1-5 AV, the MEDEVAC unit known across the Army as “Cajun Dustoff,” was killed in this aviation accident. Major Joseph, is from Collierville, Tennessee; and comes from a family with a tradition of proud military service. He was commissioned in 2008 as a medical services officer and began his exceptional service to the US Army as a pilot. Major Joseph took command of C/1-5 AV in July 2018. Over the course of his career he deployed twice to combat in Afghanistan (2010 and 2017). Previous duty stations include Fort Riley, Kansas (2015-2017), Fort Rucker, Alabama (2011-2013), and Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2008-2010).

Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Senior Service Medal.

The Army, JRTC and Fort Polk, and 1-5 AV have lost an exceptional leader, warrior, officer, and pilot. Major Trevor Joseph led the most active MEDEVAC Company in our Army; he excelled leading Cajun Dustoff and ensuring Soldiers in rotation at JRTC had rapid access to medical coverage – his team built readiness for the US Army, said Brigadier General Patrick D. Frank, Commanding General of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. “Trevor’s spouse, Erin, and his entire Family are in our thoughts and prayers. All 8,000 Soldiers assigned to JRTC and Fort Polk salute Major Joseph and his proud service to our Army and Nation.”

Major Joseph is survived by his wife, Mrs. Erin Joseph.

The three injured Soldiers are in stable condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

ORIGINAL:

FORT POLK, La. (AP) — Military officials say a helicopter has crashed on an Army base in Louisiana, killing one person and injuring three others.

Fort Polk officials said in a statement that the Army chopper crashed early Thursday morning in the Fort Polk training area.

Base officials say there were the four crew members on board. Their names weren’t being released until relatives are notified.

The fort said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

No further details were immediately released.

About 8,000 soldiers are stationed at Fort Polk, its website states. The base is in central Louisiana, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Baton Rouge.

Gov. John Bel Edwards released this statement on the helicopter crash at Fort Polk:

“Our hearts are heavy after learning of this morning’s tragic crash and the loss of one soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and our state. We can never fully repay these the soldiers for their brave service,” Gov. Edwards said. “The men and women of Fort Polk play a critical role in the readiness of our armed forces, and we are praying for their entire community. Donna and I ask the people of Louisiana to please join their prayers to ours for the deceased soldier, those injured and their families during this difficult time.” 

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