CW4 Jesse Anderson, 43, of Boise, Idaho, died February 2nd, 2021 in a UH-60 Blackhawk accident in Idaho.
Jess’s optimism, open-mindedness, kindness, and loving nature made him an extraordinary person that was admired by all those whose lives he touched. Jess greatly valued diverse perspectives and he never shied away from deep discussions as he saw them as an opportunity to learn. We are here to share his incredible story.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal one oak leaf cluster, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the Master Aviator Badge, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the California Achievement Medal, the Idaho Emergency Duty Ribbon, and the Idaho Service Ribbon.
Jess is survived by the love of his life, his beautiful wife, Vikki, and his four children: Savannah, son-in-law Benjamin, Marcus, Kyle, and Jase, and parents Lori and Bruce Anderson.
CW3 Matthew Peltzer, 43, of Nampa Idaho died on February 2nd, 2021 in a UH-60 Blackhawk crash in Idaho.
Matthew was born and raised in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He studied computer science and mathematics at Seattle Pacific University, where he met and fell in love with Heidi Leben. They married on May 31, 2003, and have two daughters: Lúthien and Iris.
Matt served as an AH-64 Apache Pilot-in-Command, a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot, an Aviation Mission Survivability Officer, an Aviation Safety Officer, and a MEDEVAC pilot.
His awards include the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the Senior Aviator Badge, and the Idaho Adjutant General’s Outstanding Unit Award.
CW3 George Geoffrey “Geoff” Laubhan lost his life on February 2nd, 2021, when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while on an Idaho Army National Guard training mission.
Geoff was born on Feb. 13, 1981, to George and Terry (Stanton) Laubhan in Nampa, Idaho. Geoff grew up in Middleton, Idaho. At an early age, Geoff began going on hunting trips with his dad. He was an Eagle Scout and participated in football, track, and band, graduating from Middleton High School in 1999. Geoff attended Boise State University.
In 2010, Geoff enlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer with D Company, 1st Battalion of the 183rd Aviation Regiment. This started his journey to becoming an aviator. Over the next few years, he attended various schools for both the AH-64D Apache and the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk Helicopters. He became an Instructor Pilot and supported Operation Beyond the Horizon in Guatemala.
Geoff was an avid Boise State football fan, and as the Broncos’ fame grew, so did his dedication to the team. He followed them to many games, including Hawaii in 2007. BSU may have lost the game, but Geoff got his bride. He proposed to Jen Myklegard there; they married in August 2008. Daughter Jillian was born June 19, 2011, and son Connor arrived on August 17, 2016.
Geoff is survived by his wife, Jen, children Jillian and Connor, his parents George and Terry Laubhan, and sister Lindsay (Hernan) Hernandez, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws
19 Sep 1986 – 12 Nov 2020 AVCO, TF Sinai Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Chief Warrant Officer Three Dallas G. Garza died November 12, 2020 when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed during a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Dallas was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to parents David and Belinda. He spent the majority of his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin with his mother and siblings Aurora, Sylvia, and Tommy Long. For high school, he attended Seventy-First Senior High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Not long after graduating from high school in 2005, Dallas followed his father’s footsteps, enlisting in the Army.
His first duty station was in Fort Bragg, NC as a helicopter crew chief, where he was able to complete his first Airborne jump alongside his father during his last jump in the Army. His 2nd assignment was in Hawaii where he fell in love with the island before he truly began to pursue his journey to become an aviator. His first duty station as a pilot was Fort Hood. While at Hood, Dallas excelled becoming a pilot in command and subsequently instructor pilot. After Hood, he PCS’d back to Hawaii, where he progressed Standardization Pilot and Instrument Examiner. Following his time in Egypt, Dallas was set to attend Green Platoon at Fort Campbell, KY due to his favorable assessment for the 160th SOAR.
When not in uniform, Dallas knew how to live life to the fullest as a father, son, brother and friend. He would wear flamingos with pride, singing his heart out in karaoke, and dress up every chance he could, including dressing up as the hero he will forever be remembered as, Superman.
Dallas is survived by his young daughters, Viviana Garza, Isabella Garza, and his oldest son Christopher; parents, David Garza Jr., Maria De Jesus Garza, and Belinda Swinney; brothers, David D. Garza and Tommy Long; sisters, Jesica Garza, Aurora Long, and Sylvia Long.
6 Jan 1997 – 12 Nov 2020 AVCO, TF Sinai Watseka, Illinois
Sergeant Jeremy C. Sherman died November 12, 2020 when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was crewing crashed during a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Jeremy was born on January 6, 1997 in Covington, TN. He was a 2015 graduate of Watseka Community High School. He loved spending time with his family, enjoyed summers at Yogi Bear Camp Grounds, and had a love for dogs, especially Chewy, his pet Chihuahua. Jeremey loved the Chicago Bears and ice cream. He was a loyal friend and cherished his family.
Jeremy joined the United States Army in 2015 as Crew Chief. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Jeremy served in South Korea, Afghanistan, and Egypt. While serving, he was working on his degree in Aeronautics in hopes of one day becoming a Black Hawk Pilot.
He is survived by his mother and father, Gwendolyn and Scott Childress of Watseka; his brother, Nathan Childress of Watseka; his sister, Shea Childress of Watseka; and his wife, Kathleen Sherman.
23 Jun 1991 – 05 Dec 2019 C Co, 2-211th GSAB, MN ARNG Winsted, MN
Chief Warrant Officer Two James Arnold Rogers, Jr. died Dec 5, 2019, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed southwest of St. Cloud, MN.
James was born June 23, 1991, in Madelia, MN, the son of James A. Rogers, Sr. and Beth A. Rogers (Hoffman), and a brother to Candis Folkens (Rogers). He graduated from Saint James High School in 2010, and Saint Cloud State University in December 2019. Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Rogers joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in June 2009, as a field artillery automated tactical data system specialist with the 1-125FA in New Ulm. He completed the warrant officer basic course in May 2013, was commissioned as a WO1, and attended UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight school at Fort Rucker, AL, which he completed in August 2014.
CW2 Rogers was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2011 to May 2012, and again from June 2018 to June 2019 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Inherent Resolve. James’ awards include: the Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M (mobilized) Device, Basic Aviator Badge, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Minnesota State Active Duty (3rd Award), Minnesota Service Ribbon (2nd Award), and the Minnesota Good Conduct Ribbon.
James was an outgoing and charismatic man with a larger than life personality. Though he was already quite accomplished for a man of his age, his future plans were even greater. He was preparing to attend flight school to add fixed wing commercial aircraft to his skill set, and hoped to further his education by attending either law school or pursuing an MBA. James and his Uncle Jake had even started a real estate investment company in recent years. James loved spending time with friends and family and could always be counted on for a practical joke, a great laugh, friendly smile, or a kind word just when you needed it the most.
He is survived by his loving parents, James and Beth Rogers; sister Candis Folkens; brother-in-law Bryan Folkens; grandmother Patricia Hoffman; and 19 aunts and uncles.
06 Jun 1989 – 05 Dec 2019 C Co, 2-211th GSAB, MN ARNG Perham, MN
Chief Warrant Officer Two Charles Nord died Dec 5, 2019, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed southwest of St. Cloud, MN.
Charles Paul Nord was born on June 6, 1989 in Breckenridge, MN to Paul and Monica (Braun) Nord. He was baptized into the Christian faith on June 25, 1989 by Rev. Lambert Studzinski in Wyndmere, ND. Charles lived on the family farm outside of Wyndmere where he enjoyed spending his days helping his Grandpa Jack and Dad on their dairy farm. He really liked riding in the tractor during planting season or cutting hay. Charles also spent time exploring the farm with his dog, Alex, by his side and then a few years later with his brother James. In 2001, the Nords moved to Vergas, MN. Charles attended school in Perham, MN where he was a member of the cross country and track teams. He graduated in 2007. While attending school in Perham Charles used his humor, kind heart and quiet confidence to become a friend to everyone he met. Shortly after graduation, Charles felt he needed to do more for his country. He enlisted in the National Guard to become part of a tank crew. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Charles also earned his associate degree in construction electrical technology.
In 2009, Charles met the love of his life, Kaley Faye Ratz. They were united in marriage on July 14, 2012. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, MN. In September of 2015, Charles was selected into Warrant Officer training program to qualify for helicopter flight school at Fort Rucker, AL. Charles and Kaley moved to Fort Rucker in July of 2016. Charles excelled in his training and graduated with high honors. Charles and Kaley welcomed into the world their beautiful baby daughter, Lydia, on May 3, 2017. Charles completed flight school in September 2017 and the family moved to Vergas where Charles was a part of Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion. Charles finally found his calling, being a MEDEVAC pilot. In June 2018, he and the rest of Charlie Company was deployed to Kuwait and other parts of the middle east. It was there where he formed a tight bond with his fellow soldiers. He attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. Charles returned home in May 2019 and began building his family’s new home by Perham, which they moved into in August. Charles also became employed at Bond Helicopter Service of Perham as a crop sprayer. He often said he landed his dream job. He was also very excited about the upcoming arrival of his son, Jack Charles.
Charles will be remembered forever for his uncanny ability to meet someone for five minutes and make them his good friend for life. His easy-going nature, goofy grin and quick-witted humor was able to put anyone at ease and brighten anyone’s day. He loved his family incredibly. You could see he was head over heels in love with his wife Kaley, his daughter Lydia and his unborn son, Jack. He also loved his other family, the men and women of Charlie Company. He was so proud to be part of that group and being able to make a difference in the world.
Charles is survived by his loving wife Kaley; his daughter Lydia; his unborn son Jack, all of Perham; his parents Paul and Monica Nord of Vergas; his brother James (Tiffany) Nord of Moorhead, MN; maternal grandparents Jack and Kathleen Braun of Wyndmere; mother and father-in-law Jeff and Lisa Ratz of Vergas; sister-in-law Keshia (John) Buschette of Cormorant, MN; brother-in-law Kasey (Tori) Ratz of Detroit Lakes, MN; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, a nephew and a niece.
21 Mar 1991 – 05 Dec 2019 C Co, 2-211th GSAB, MN ARNG Avon, MN
Sergeant Kort Plantenberg died Dec 5, 2019, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was crewing crashed southwest of St. Cloud, MN.
Kort Miller Plantenberg was born March 21, 1991 at St. Cloud Hospital. He grew up in Avon and from an early age was obsessed with helicopters and flying, his lifelong dream.
He graduated from Albany Area High School in 2009 and from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013 with a degree in criminology, then went to work as a correctional officer with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.
Kort enjoyed fishing and hunting, served as a lifeguard and on ski patrol, and was a member of the Minnesota biathlon team for the Army National Guard. He tirelessly contributed his time and skills to help friends and neighbors, loved solving problems and met challenges with unbreakable determination.
His sense of service and dreams of flying inspired Kort to enlist in the Minnesota Army National Guard March 1, 2016 as an aircraft electrician. SGT Plantenberg served a nine-month deployment with the C Co, 2-211th GSAB in Kuwait, where the unit provided aerial medical evacuation.
Kort returned from deployment May 11 and was recently hired as a federal technician UH-60 mechanic at Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in St. Cloud. He was selected to start the state warrant officer program in March 2020 and then flight school next fall in pursuit of his lifelong passion. His ambition was to work on helicopters during the week and fly them on the weekend.
He is survived by his parents, Steve and Laura Plantenberg of Avon; sister Isabel Plantenberg of Avon; grandmother Theresa Elliott of Savage; girlfriend Bryonna Anderson of Clovis; trusted canine companion Max; and countless friends and coworkers who will always remember his quiet kindness, gentle strength and generous spirit.
02 May 1986 – 20 Nov 2019 B Co, 1-227th AVN REGT Killeen, TX
Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Charles Knadle was killed in action on November 20, 2019 in Logar Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
He was born on May 2, 1986 in Newark, Texas to Edward A. and Charlene J. Knadle from Florida. He was raised in Fort Worth, Texas with his three brothers: Michael, Jonathan and Stephen Knadle. David graduated early from Richland High School in 2003. David attended Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX and graduated in 2008 as a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
David met his wife, Precious Silkey and her son, Eason Daniel Bertone, while he was working as an Account Executive managing factoring accounts at Apex Capital in Fort Worth. He left Apex to follow his dreams and to serve his country as an aviator by joining the U.S. Army in November 5, 2012. David attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment. David became a warrant officer candidate, attending the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker, Alabama. David and Silkey were blessed by the arrival of their precious daughter, Starling Grace Knadle, on April 3, 2014. Through rigorous training, studying and innumerable hours of flight hours, David graduated Warrant Officer Basic Course as an aviator, favoring the AH-64E, Apache helicopter.
CW2 Knadle’s first duty station was Fort Hood, Texas, at the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. CW2 Knadle spent 28 months as a member of the Charlie Company “Vampires” as an Aircraft Armament Maintenance Officer, and in that time achieved the distinction of being a qualified pilot. In August 2017, CW2 Knadle transitioned to Bravo Company “Reapers” to assume the role of Mission Planner and deployed to Germany. CW2 Knadle achieved his certification as a Pilot Instructor that same year.
In October 2019, CW2 Knadle was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Knight Hawk in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, attached to 10th Mountain Division.
David’s commendations include the Bronze Star, Army Aviator Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals.
David is survived by his loving wife, Silkey, his step-son, Eason and his beautiful daughter, Starling. His father, Edward and mother Charlene Knadle and brothers, Michael, Jonathan and Stephen Knadle and Stephen’s wife, Gabriella Knadle. David’s Grandmother, Kay F. Johnson resides in the Highlands, NC. David is beloved by so many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from all walks of life.
14 Jul 1994 – 20 Nov 2019 B Co, 1-227th AVN REGT Hilo, HI
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk Fuchigami was killed in action on November 20, 2019 in Logar Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
He was born July 14, 1994 and was raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and Henderson, Nevada. He graduated from Rancho High School in 2012. He was a member of JROTC and The Aviation Magnet Program, being one of the youngest in his school’s history to get a pilot’s license.
He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan. He joined the military at age 22.
After basic training he attended the Warrant Officer Candidate School. He continued to flight school in Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he trained in an UH-72 Lakota and was selected to fly the AH-64 Apache.
He married his eternal companion, McKenzie Norman, of Corinne, Utah, in the Ogden LDS Temple in March 2019. Shortly afterwards they were stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.
Takeshi had many talents including flying helicopters, shooting, fishing, building things with his hands and receiving his black belt. Takeshi always stood up for his beliefs. He was ambitious, driven, and determined, and placed his priorities and values first. He was always true to his beliefs, but also considerate of others. He was often found doing small acts of service. He placed importance on relationships and serving others. He genuinely cared about people. He gave others the eternal perspective and attracted others with his vibrant light.
As a solider he was passionate about serving his country, and was honored with the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Aviator Badge.
Takeshi is survived by his loved ones: wife, McKenzie Norman Fuchigami; parents, Kirk Takeshi Fuchigami and Lisa Marie Casey; brother, Ernest Isami Fuchigami; sister, Hannah Marie Casey; father and mother-in-law, Steven Carter Norman and Jana Lee Hunsaker Norman; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Melissa Norman, Mindy (Nathan) Salisbury, Lindsey (Andy) Conerly, and Lacie Norman; grandparents, Dr. Ernest Louis Bade and Karen Lee Bade, Jackie Fuchigami, Royal and Elaine Norman, and Carma Hunsaker Davis.
He will be joining many of his loved ones on the other side.
He brought much joy to his wife and family. His death will not be considered a “goodbye,” but a “see you soon.”
07 May 1986 – 26 Sep 2019 C Co, 1-5 AVN REGT Collierville, TN
Major Trevor Joseph died September 26, 2019, when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was flying crashed in Fort Polk, LA.
He was born on May 7, 1986 in Orlando, FL to his parents, Peter and Nancy Joseph. In 2003, he met the love of his life, Erin Joseph, and so began the sweetest, truest love story ever told. They married on June 1, 2008 and recently celebrated their 11th year wedding anniversary.
Major Joseph was a 2004 graduate of Houston High School, in Collierville, TN, and excelled there in both his academics as well as on the soccer field. He was a loyal Tennessee Vols fan and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville until 2008, when he was commissioned as a medical services officer in the US Army. Soon after, he began his extraordinary career as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot.
Major Joseph was the Commander of “Cajun Dustoff” MEDEVAC unit in Fort Polk, LA at the time of his death. He was an exceptional leader and courageous aviator who was always proud to go above and beyond for his soldiers and never hesitated at any mission, no matter the risk. Over his 11 year career, Major Joseph deployed twice to Afghanistan (2010 and 2017) and was awarded multiple honors including: the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor and Combat, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Senior Aviator Badge. He was also one of four soldiers who were awarded “Rescue Of the Year” for their bravery and courage shown during a difficult MEDEVAC mission while in Afghanistan in 2016.
Major Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Erin Joseph; devoted parents, Peter and Nancy Joseph; a brother, Peter Chadwick (Shannon) Joseph, Jr.; parents-in-law, Tom and Karen Tutt; brothers-in-law, Taylor (Elaina) Tutt and Trevor Tutt; and sisters-in-law, Jackie Tutt, Jessie (Kelly) Edwards, and Allison Tutt. He also leaves behind many adoring nephews and nieces; Philip and Nathanael Joseph, and Audrey, Emmett, and Evelyn Edwards; as well as several loving aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition, his two “furry” children, Charlie and Layla.