Two weeks following the crash of an AH-64 Apache helicopter in South Korea, last night the Army released the names of the two aviators who were killed in the incident. Both men were assigned to 4-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
The helicopter crash happened Nov. 23, approximately 50 miles out from Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Following this crash and that of two other fatal helicopter crashes just days later, the Army went on a “safety stand down” to review procedures. That stand down is due to conclude later today.
Killed in the South Korea crash were Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jason McCormack, 43, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Smith, 38.
McCormack enlisted in the Army in 1995. He was selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2003. After training and qualifying as an Apache pilot, McCormack served in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. According to information released by the Army his awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with award numeral eight, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Aviation Badge.
CWO4 McCormack was native of Maryland. He is survived by his wife and his parents.
Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class Brandon Smith enlisted in the Army in 1996, and attended Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2006. Following training and qualifying to fly the Apache attack helicopter, Smith was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. CWO3 Smith’s commendations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Multinational Force and Observers Medals, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Aviation Badge, the Combat Action Badge and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
CWO3 Smith’s home of record is Grand Junction, Colorado. He is survived by his parents and his former wife.
Read more details and see photos of both Army aviators here.
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