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GoFundMe established for Alabama soldier missing after Hawaii helicopter crash

By LEADA GORE | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham (Tribune News Service) | Published: August 23, 2017

A GoFundMe account has been established for the family of an Alabama soldier believed to have died when his military helicopter went down last week off the coast of Hawaii.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber, a Decatur native and an instructor pilot at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii, was among five soldiers aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter taking part in training exercises last Tuesday. Searchers combed the waters off Oahu's Kaena Point for days before suspending the search, according to Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of the 25th Infantry Division.

The Army later confirmed Woeber, 41, as well as 1st Lt. Kathryn M. Bailey, 26, of Hope Mills, North Carolina; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell, 32, of Wichita Falls, Texas; Staff Sgt. Abigail R. Milam, 33, of Jenkins, Kentucky and Sgt. Michael L. Nelson, 30, of Antioch, Tennessee, were on board at the time of the crash.

The soldiers' duty status has been changed to whereabouts unknown.

The cause of the crash has not been identified.

Woeber was a member of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. He was a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur and attended the University of Alabama and University of Alabama in Huntsville. Woeber, who had been stationed in Hawaii since 2015, previously served as an Army Unit Trainer/ Pilot in Command at Fort Rucker in Alabama; Korea; Germany; Sinai, Egypt.

Kristen Kimmey, who created the GoFundMe account to benefit the Woeber family, said funds will go to help Woeber's wife, Lori Barnes Woeber, also of Decatur, and the couple's three children.

"Brian has been serving our country for many years and they were beginning to think about life after the Army. Now in the blink of an eye, Lori finds herself thousands of miles from her home and family, facing an uncertain future," Kimmey said on the GoFundMe page.

The GoFundMe has raised $1,305 in the last day.

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian M. Woeber, 41, Decatur, Ala. in a 2014 U.S. Army video.
SCREENSHOT FROM U.S. ARMY VIDEO

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