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News ID: 49260
Publish Date: 9:48 - 15 November 2020
Sunday, 15 November 2020_Five US soldiers who died when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 12 have been identified.

US Army identifies 5 soldiers killed in Sinai copter crashThe soldiers were participating in a Multinational Force and Observers deployment, part of routine efforts to supervise conditions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace. Seven uniformed MFO participants were killed in what is believed to be an accidental crash, including one Czech and one French service member; one additional US service member was injured.

Killed in the crash were:

  • Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas.
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas G. Garza, 34, from Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, from Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Staff Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, 35, from Painesville, Ohio
  • Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watseka, Illinois

According to information provided to by US Army Central, four of the soldiers were assigned to Aviation Company, Task Force Sinai, the US headquarters of the mission; one was assigned to the task force's Medical Company.

Vandecamp, an Army doctor, was on his first deployment and had arrived in Egypt in October, according to released information. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

Garza, a Black Hawk pilot, was prior enlisted, having commissioned in 2010, and had completed previous deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster.

Ghabour, also a Black Hawk pilot, had commissioned as a warrant officer in 2018 and was on his first overseas assignment. His awards include the Army Aviation Badge.

McKee, a UH-60 repairer, had enlisted in the Army in 2003 and arrived in Egypt in July. He had previously deployed to Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. His awards include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Sherman, a UH-60 crew chief, had enlisted in 2015 and arrived in Egypt in October. He'd previously deployed to Korea and Afghanistan. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Award.

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