Two U.S. Army pilots who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Nov. 20, have been identified.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, from Tarrant, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr., 25, from Keaau, Hawaii, died when their helicopter crashed while they were providing security for troops on the ground in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
Both Knadle and Fuchigami Jr. were assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, according to the Pentagon.
Both soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in October 2019, and both are Bronze Star Medal recipients, KWTX reported.
The helicopter incident is under investigation.
Gov. Greg Abbott said that flags will be at half staff until sunset on Friday to honor the Army pilots.
The flags at the Texas Capitol are half-staff until sunset tomorrow to honor these brave warriors who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country. https://t.co/xha6Nj5pSj
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 21, 2019