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The Defense Ministry on Saturday identified the five US soldiers Seth Vernon Vandekamp, Gearld Garza, Marwan Sameh Ghabour, Kyle Robert McKee and Jeremy Cain Sherman who were killed in a helicopter crash at the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. this week.
Seven members of the military, including a French air force officer and a Czech soldier, were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed near the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday. In a Pentagon statement, the five dead Americans were identified as follows:
Capt Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, of Katy, Texas;
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C .;
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, of Marlborough, Mass .;
Sergeant. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, of Painesville, Ohio; Y
Sergeant. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, of Watseka, Ill.
“It is with deep sadness that we mourn this tragic loss of human life,” said Colonel David S. Sentell, commander of Task Force Sinai. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of our deceased during this most difficult time. They must know that their nation will continue to honor their sacrifice. ”
The U.S. Army Task Force, comprised of approximately 450 U.S. soldiers, is the largest contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers, a peacekeeping mission made up of troops from 13 countries that oversees the peace agreement between Israel. and Egypt from 1979 from 1981.
The French Air and Space Force previously identified Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Botta, a 21-year veteran and deputy chief of the MFO liaison office, as one of the other servicemen killed in the accident.
Czech Army Sgt. Michaela Ticha was also killed in the crash, the country’s chief of staff said in a statement on Thursday.
“We have lost one of us,” said Czech General Ales Opata. “I’m so sorry.… My condolences to the family.”
Another American injured in the accident was medically evacuated to an Israeli hospital. The soldier is said to be in critical condition.
The cause of the accident continues to be investigated, but the Rome-based MFO has said it appears to be a mechanical failure.