Two soldiers killed in Grafenwöhr copter crash are identified
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Army has released the names of two 1st Armored Division soldiers killed in a helicopter crash at the Grafenwöhr Training Area on Tuesday.
Chief Warrant Officer Timothy R. Breneman, 36, of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Regensburg University hospital, according to a 1st AD press statement released Thursday afternoon.
Chief Warrant Officer Terry M. Thomas, 31, also of Company C, 2nd Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Breneman was the pilot in command of an Apache Longbow helicopter conducting night gunnery training at Grafenwöhr’s Range 301 when the aircraft crashed shortly after 10 p.m., the statement said. Thomas was the gunner in the Apache, the statement said.
The helicopter was on a routine night training flight. The cause of the accident is under investigation, the statement said.
A ceremony to honor the fallen aviators is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Camp Aachen’s theater, according to 1st AD spokesman Maj. Wayne Marotto.
The pilots were based at Illesheim Army Airfield, a small 1,000-soldier post between Würzburg and Ansbach in Germany. The post is home to the Army’s two Apache helicopter battalions in Europe. The battalions were cavalry squadrons before joining the newly formed 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.