Soldiers from Houston, San Antonio killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 11:06 AM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Two pilots assigned to Fort Bragg have been killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

Officials at Fort Bragg said late Sunday that 28-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Thalia Ramirez, of San Antonio, and 31-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Jose Montenegro Jr., of Houston, were killed in the crash Sept. 5.

Montenegro, Jr. was a graduate of Clear Lake High School.

The soldiers were assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

Fort Bragg says their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Montenegro joined the Army in 2001 and was on his third deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ramirez had joined the Army in 2003 and was on her second deployment.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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