FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY (April 8, 2018) – Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28-years-old and pilot in the brigade, and Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Connolly, and instructor pilot in the brigade were tragically killed in a helicopter crash in a local training area at Fort Campbell on Friday night. (map)
At 9:50 p.m., two soldiers from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Decision (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.
Connolly enlisted in the Army in 2001 and has been stationed at Fort Campbell for the past two years. He had received the following honors: two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development ribbons, Overseas Service ribbon; an Army Service ribbon; an Afghanistan Campaign medal. And Amy Achievement medal, two Air medals, three Army Commendation medals.
Casadona joined the army in 2012 and had arrived in Fort Campbell just this year. He received the following honors: a National Defense Service medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service medal, and an Army Service ribbon.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter came crashing down near El Centro California, just outside the Mexican border, during a flight training session. Four Marines were killed from this fatal crash. Captain Samuel A. Schultz, 28, Lance Corporate Taylor J. Conrad, 24, Gunner Sergeant Derik R. Holley, 33, and Samuel D. Phillips, 27. The crashed is still under investigation, and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. This is the 3rd crash in the past two days involving military aircraft in the past week, with a death toll of 7 service members. The Lexton Law Firm will continue to update this article as we receive more information.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”