A Black Hawk crash this weekend left 11 dead, including a serviceman from Puerto Rico, Sgt. Luis Galbreath of San Juan. Sgt. Galbreath was 41 and a member of 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Three of the eleven were U.S. soldiers.
According to Stars & Stripes, the Taliban took credit, but NATO is still investigating the cause of the crash. While the Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter during a conflict with insurgents, initial reports say that the Black Hawk was not in fact shot down.
Galbreath was married with three children. He was responsible for helicopter repair and had been doing this essential work since 2003. This was his second deployment.