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A CH-47 Chinook helicopter lifts off from Ladd Army Airfield at Fort Wainwright May 19 bound for Anchorage to prepare the aircraft for shipment to Iraq with Task Force Dragon.

Helicopter crash kills five TF Dragon Soldiers

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Johnson

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jackie McFarlane

Staff Sgt. Sean Fisher

Staff Sgt. Stanley Reynolds

Spc. Steven Jewell

PAO staff report

Five Soldiers with Fort Wainwright’s Task Force Dragon, which deployed last month, were killed in Iraq Tuesday.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jackie McFarlane, Staff Sgt. Sean Fisher, Staff Sgt. Stanley Reynolds and Spc. Steven Jewell were killed in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in the vicinity of Al Taqaddum Air Base.

Johnson, 31, of Grandville, Mich., was a Chinook pilot who joined the Army in August 2004 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in January 2006.

McFarlane, 30 of Virginia Beach, Va., was a Chinook pilot who joined the Army in August 1994 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in August 2006.

Fisher, 29, of Santee, Calif., was a flight engineer who joined the Army in June 2002 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in February 2003. 

Reynolds, 37, of Rock, W.Va., was an aircraft power plant repairman who joined the Army in March 2002 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in December 2002.

Jewell, 26, of, Bridgeton, N.C., was CH-47 repairman who joined the Army in August 2005 and was assigned to Fort Wainwright in April 2006.

The aviators were assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Next of kin have been notified. A memorial service has not yet been scheduled.