5 aviators on board downed Army chopper identified
NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Military officials have identified the five aviators who were on board a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed off Oahu's North Shore last Tuesday.
The five were identified as:
— 1st Lt. Kathryn M. Bailey, 26, of Hope Mills, North Carolina
Bailey was an aviation officer assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Her decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Aviator Badge.
The Army said Bailey entered the service in January 2015. She had recently moved to the islands.
— Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian M. Woeber, 41, of Decatur, Alabama
Woeber was a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot who had previously been deployed to Afghanistan and Egypt.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal.
— Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen T. Cantrell, 32, of Wichita Falls, Texas
Cantrell was also a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and had been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the National Defense Service Medal.
— Staff Sgt. Abigail R. Milam, 33, of Jenkins, Kentucky
Milam was a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief. Her awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
— Sgt. Michael L. Nelson, 30, of Antioch, Tennessee
Nelson was also a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, and had been deployed twice to Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
With the suspension of the search, the five are now considered "duty status -- whereabouts unknown."
Earlier in the week, friends and family of Milam hoped for her safe return.
"She has such an impact on everyone she comes in contact with I feel like that's why so many people in this community, even though she hasn't been here in a long time, they're still hurt by this and they're scared to death," said friend Sabrina Flick. "They have all the hope and I still do, too."
Relatives of Cantrell, meanwhile, took to social media for support. Cantrell is a 2003 graduate of Hirschi High School.
The search for the Army chopper that crashed two miles off Oahu's North Shore late Tuesday covered some 96,000 square miles before being suspended at noon Monday.
While the aviators weren't found, debris from the downed Black Hawk helicopter has been recovered.
Army personnel lost contact with the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, half an hour after it left Wheeler Army airfield on a routine nighttime training mission.
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