2 Fort Bragg-based pilots killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Two pilots assigned to Fort Bragg have been killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

Officials at Fort Bragg said late Sunday that 31-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Jose Montenegro Jr., of San Juan, Texas, and 28-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Thalia Ramirez of Raeford were killed in the crash Sept. 5.

The soldiers were assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

Fort Bragg says their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Montenegro joined the Army in 2001 and was on his third deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ramirez had joined the Army in 2003 and was on her second deployment.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.