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101st Airborne soldier killed during a hard landing

 

Fort Campbell, KY — A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died June 21st when a UH-60 (Blackhawk) helicopter made a hard landing near Gaza Ridge, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Silk, 25, of Orono, ME, was a UH-60 helicopter repairer assigned to Company C., 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Silk

Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Silk

Silk’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star; Air Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal (2); National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Combat Action Badge; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.

Silk is survived by his wife, Kayce N. Silk and step-son, Brayden Browning of Clarksville, TN; and parents, Lynn and Mark Silk of Orono, ME.

A memorial ceremony will be held in Afghanistan.


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