Pilots killed in helicopter crash near Fort Campbell identified

The Army’s 101st Airborne Division today released the names of the two pilots killed as a result of a helicopter crash Wednesday near Fort Campbell.

The crew members — 35-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon and 32-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin M. Weiss — were flying an AH-64E as in Echo Model helicopter, the 101st Airborne Division says, during a routine training mission when the helicopter crashed in Montgomery County, Tennessee, 12 miles south of Fort Campbell.

The 101st Airborne Division says the cause of the crash is still undetermined, and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating it.

The division said Caraballoleon was a native of Patillas, Puerto Rico, and enlisted in the Army in 2003 as an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter mechanic. In the six years he served as an enlisted soldier, Caraballoleon achieved the rank of sergeant before he was chosen to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2009.

After he was commissioned as a warrant officer and completed the Rotary Wing Aviators Course, he served as an Apache attack helicopter pilot with Company B, First Battalion, and Second Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Caraballoleon deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge and numerous campaign and service awards.

The division says Caraballoleon is survived by his wife and two children.

Weiss was a native of McHenry, Illinois, and enlisted in the Army in 2003. He served as a psychological operations specialist. During his eight years as an enlisted soldier, Weiss achieved the rank of staff sergeant before he was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2011.

After he was commissioned as a warrant officer and completed of the Rotary Wing Aviators Course, Weiss served as an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot with Company C, 3rd Battalion, and Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Weiss deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, in 2014. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault and Basic Parachutist Badges, Ranger tab and numerous campaign and service awards.

The division says Weiss is survived by his wife and three children, as well as his brother and sister in law.

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