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TENNESSEE SOLDIER DIES IN BLACKHAWK TRAINING EXERCISE

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FORT BELVOIR, Va. (WVLT) — A crew member died and two were injured when a UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a routine training flight on Monday at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, from Chapel Hill, Tenn., died at the scene. He was a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion. Tomlin was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m. by a first responder. Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas and Capt. Terikazu Onoda were injured in the incident. Both were listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Both were assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion.

According to a release from Fort Belvoir, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers, their families and friends,” said Col. Amanda Azubuike, director of public affairs for the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the US Army Military District of Washington. “Our top priority is the health of our soldiers and ensuring that their family members are provided the support they need. The families of the service members request that we respect their privacy during this challenging time.”

At the time of the incident, three UH-60 Black Hawks were conducting this routine training mission. The other two helicopters were not impacted, and there were no injuries to their crew members.

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