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The Pentagon on Wednesday identified the eight soldiers killed in a Jan. 7 Black Hawk crash near Tal Afar, while private companies released the names of two of four civilians who also died in the crash.

The soldiers included members of the Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Army Reserve’s 3rd Corps Support Command and the National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. The civilians worked as police trainers for Dyncorp.

According to military officials, the UH-60 Black Hawk went down shortly before midnight Saturday, about seven miles east of Tal Afar in northern Iraq. There were no indications that enemy fire was involved in the crash, which occurred during poor weather.

Tal Afar has been cited as one of the success stories for U.S. troops in Iraq; the 3rd Armored Cav led a sweep through the city last fall in one of the first large-scale tests of the Pentagon’s new “clear and hold” strategy.

During last month’s elections, turnout in the city far exceeded previous votes in the area.

The soldiers killed in the crash were: Maj. Stuart M. Anderson, 44, of the 3rd Corps Support Command; Maj. Douglas A. Labouff, 36, Capt. Michael R. Martinez, 43, and 1st Lt. Joseph D. deMoors, 36, all of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; and 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chester W. Troxel, 45, Spc. Michael I. Edwards, 26, and Spc. Jacob E. Melson, 22, all assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment.

According to Texas-based Dyncorp International, Arsenio Domingo, 40, and Robert Timmann, 49, were killed in the crash. Both were members of a Civilian Police Advisory Training Team working with Iraqi police officers.

Domingo, of North Charleston, S.C., was a Charleston police officer and former soldier. Timmann, of Tallahassee, Fla., was a former police officer and private investigator.

They were both returning from leave in the United States and were returning to their camps near Mosul when the crash occurred, officials said.

“We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these two fine officers,” Dyncorp CEO Stephen J. Cannon said in a company news release.

Flags in Alaska were ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of the flight crew, which was part of a National Guard aviation unit.

The crash was the worst for U.S. forces in Iraq since January 2005, when a CH-53 Sea Stallion went down in bad weather in western Iraq, killing 31 Marines.


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