The Protection Division on Sunday recognized the soldier killed in a helicopter crash Friday south of Kabul, Afghanistan, as Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims.
Sims, 36, who was badigned to the 160th Particular Operations Aviation Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, died in Logar province in what the Pentagon stated was an accident not attributable to enemy motion.
Six different service members have been injured. There was no replace on their situations. The Pentagon stated Saturday that an investigation had been opened “to find out extra information” and that additional particulars could be launched “as acceptable.”
The Military stated Sims, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, was a local of Oklahoma who enlisted in 1999. Along with having served in Afghanistan, he was a veteran of U.S. missions in Kosovo and Iraq, it stated.
He was awarded the Air Medal (with fight gadget) for heroism or meritorious achievement in aerial battle, the Military stated; particulars of the battle for which he was awarded the medal weren’t instantly obtainable Sunday evening.
“Our ideas are together with his household throughout this tragic time, and we be part of them in mourning the lack of their liked one who took to the sky and bravely volunteered on behalf of his nation,” Rep. Dennis Heck, D-Washington, who represents the district that features Lewis-McChord, stated in an announcement Sunday.
Sims lived in Juneau, Alaska, together with his spouse and kids. Alaska Gov. Invoice Walker ordered flags flown at half-staff throughout the state Sunday.