PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Five American peacekeepers were killed on Thursday after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Egypt. One of the five soldiers has been identified as a 27-year old Marlborough, Massachusetts man.
Marwan Sameh Ghabour of Marlborough was serving as Chief Warrant Officer when he was killed following a helicopter crash on Tirian Island.
According to the U.S Army, Ghabour was a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot assigned to Avation Company, Task Force Sinai. Ghabour was commissioned as a warrant officer in 2018. This was his first overseas assignment, arriving in Egypt in January of 2020.
The U.S Army says that Ghabour’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviation Badge.
The five American soldiers were members of the Multinational Force and Observers, a peacekeeping mission established to supervise the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace.
“It is with profound sadness that we mourn this tragic loss of life,” said Col. David S. Sentell, commander of Task Force Sinai. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones of our fallen during this most difficult time. They should know that their nation will continue to honor their sacrifice.”
The other soldiers who died in the crash were identified by the U.S Army as Capt. Seth Vandekamp, 31; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dallas Garza, 34; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Ghabour, 27; Staff Sgt. Kyle McKee, 35; and Sgt. Jeremy Sherman, 23.
The Multinational Force and Observers mission said that the helicopter went down due a mechanical malfunction.
The incident is under investigation.