Helo Crash Victims Were from Fort Bragg

A helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan killed two Fort Bragg paratroopers on Wednesday, the Pentagon said Friday.

Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif., and 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari, 25, of Walla Walla, Wash., died from injuries in the crash in Qarah Bagh, according to the Department of Defense.

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

The OH-58D Kiowa helicopter was shot down by enemy forces, according to a news release.

Pace was a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering, the release said.

He was commissioned in the Army as a 2nd lieutenant in May 2005.

Pace attended flight training at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he earned his qualification as a Kiowa Warrior pilot in 2006.

Pace held several positions with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Drum, N.Y., before being assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg in October 2010, the release said.

Pace had deployed to Iraq twice before being sent to Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include two Purple Hearts, an Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the Army Aviation Badge and the Combat Aviation Badge.

Fazzari was a 2010 graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., the release said. He was commissioned into the Army as a 2nd lieutenant in October 2010 and earned his qualification as a Kiowah pilot at Fort Rucker in April 2012, the release said.

He was assigned to Fort Bragg last month and immediately deployed, for the first time, to Afghanistan.

Fazzari's awards and decorations include a Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Aviator Badge and a Combat Aviation Badge.

Fazzari is survived by his wife, Tovah, and children, Dominic and Samuel.

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