FORT IRWIN, Calif. (KKTV) - Selfless. Mission-focused. Leaders. Two Fort Carson soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash January 20. One soldier will be laid to rest Saturday.
The soldiers were identified as 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, of Indiana, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke, of California, both assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
Cullen's funeral will take place Saturday in his hometown of Bicknell, Indiana at 10 a.m. local time at North Knox High School. He will also have visitation hours Friday from 2-7 p.m. at the high school in Indiana. Details of funeral arrangements for Burke have not been released at this time.
"These two young leaders left an indelible mark on the entire Iron Eagle team. We will forever be better soldiers and a more combat-ready aviation brigade due to their leadership," said Col. Scott Gallaway in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened by the deaths ... these gentlemen exemplified all the attributes we expect from our very best leaders," Gallaway, their commander, said.
The soldiers' AH64 Apache helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. Saturday during pre-deployment training operations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
Burke, 28, was a longtime Army veteran, having served since 2007. During his tenure, he deployed twice to Iraq and received numerous awards and accolades including a commendation medal and four achievement medals.
Cullen, 25, joined the Army in the spring of 2015 and had not yet deployed overseas
Fort Carson said its thoughts and prayers were with the families.