Soldiers killed in Fort Campbell helicopter crash identified - WSMV News 4

Soldiers killed in Fort Campbell helicopter crash identified

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly (left) and Warrant Officer James Casadona were killed in a helicopter crash during routine training at Fort Campbell on Friday night. (Courtesy: 101st Airborne Aviation Division) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly (left) and Warrant Officer James Casadona were killed in a helicopter crash during routine training at Fort Campbell on Friday night. (Courtesy: 101st Airborne Aviation Division)
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Two Fort Campbell soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade were killed in a    helicopter crash on Friday. 

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28, were conducting routine training in an AH-64E Apache helicopter at a local training area on the base when they crashed just before 10 p.m.

“This is a day of sadness for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Royar,” acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Families during this difficult time.”

Officer Connolly was an instructor pilot for the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. He joined the Army in 2001 and had been stationed at Fort Cambell since 2016.

His decorations include two Air Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon and an Overseas Service Ribbon. 

Officer Casadona was a pilot for the 101st Aviation Brigade who joined the Army in 2012. He was stationed at Fort Campbell this year. 

His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.

Officials did not say who was operating the helicopter. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

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