Pilot Killed in Black Hawk Crash Called 'Exceptional Warrior'

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Army Major Trevor Joseph, the commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment MEDEVAC unit known across the Army as “Cajun Dustoff,” was killed in an aviation accident on September 26, 2019. (Photo: JRTC and Fort Polk)
Army Major Trevor Joseph, the commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment MEDEVAC unit known across the Army as “Cajun Dustoff,” was killed in an aviation accident on September 26, 2019. (Photo: JRTC and Fort Polk)

The Army has identified a major killed this week in a UH-60 Black Hawk crash at Fort Polk, Louisiana, calling him a combat-tested leader.

Maj. Trevor Joseph, commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment was killed just before 1 a.m. Thursday during a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in the Fort Polk training area, post officials said in a release. Three other soldiers with 1-5 AV were injured and are currently in stable condition, officials said.

The unit is a medevac element known as "Cajun Dustoff;" Charlie company is the most active medevac company in the entire Army, officials said.

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Joseph, from Collierville, Tennessee, was commissioned in 2008 as a medical services officer and took command of Charlie company in July 2018, officials said. He deployed to Afghanistan twice, in 2010 and 2017, and previously served at Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Senior Service Medal.

"[Joseph] excelled leading Cajun Dustoff and ensuring Soldiers in rotation at JRTC had rapid access to medical coverage -- his team built readiness for the US Army," Brigadier General Patrick D. Frank, commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, said in a statement. "Trevor's spouse, Erin, and his entire Family are in our thoughts and prayers. All 8,000 Soldiers assigned to JRTC and Fort Polk salute Major Joseph and his proud service to our Army and Nation."

A cause for the tragic accident has not been given; it remains under investigation, officials said.

-- Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@monster.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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