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Troops who died in helicopter downing in Afghanistan

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The Defense Department on Thursday released the names of U.S. troops killed Saturday in the downing of their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

The following were assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit:

• Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.
• Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
• Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.
• Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers, 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas
• Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.
• Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit
• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.
• Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah
• Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.
• Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia
• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa
• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.
• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah

Sailors were assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit:

• Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.
• Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of St. Paul, Minn.

The soldiers killed were:

• Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.
• Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
• Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.
• Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
• Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.; assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.

The airmen, all assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, N.C., were:

• Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.
• Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.
• Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York Pa.

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