Army IDs soldier killed in Iraq helicopter crash

Army IDs soldier killed in Iraq helicopter crash

The Army has identified the U.S. serviceman killed after a helicopter crash Sunday in Iraq as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin.

Galvin, 34, from Spokane, Wash., died Monday in Baghdad, “as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, Ninevah Province, Iraq,” according to a statement from Army Special Operations Command.

The incident is under investigation, the statement adds.


The helicopter crashed about 10 p.m. following a raid against an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) target. There are no indications that it was brought down by enemy fire, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told reporters Monday.

Galvin, part of Operation Inherent Resolve — the military campaign against ISIS — was an MH-60M pilot assigned to the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

He is the eighth person to have died in a helicopter crash in Iraq, and the 11th U.S. service member to die in Iraq and Syria this year.

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in March in western Iraq, killing all seven on board.