After two days of news reports that a military helicopter had crashed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced last night the names of two soldiers killed when their aircraft went down in the eastern part of the country.
Both men died May 28, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when their helicopter crashed from unknown causes. There were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident.
Killed in the crash were U.S. Army Capt. John R. Brainard, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Chief Warrant Officer Five John C. Pratt, 51, of Springfield, Virginia.
The soldiers were assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach-Katterbach, Germany, and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom fighting the global War on Terror.
For more information regarding these two soldiers, including previous deployments and commendations, the media may contact U.S. Army Europe public affairs office at 49/622-157-3181.
More than 170 NATO troops have died in Afghanistan in 2012 and over 1800 since the war began.
The United States has plans to bring all combat troops home by the year 2014.
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