U.S. Army soldier Thalia S. Ramirez of San Antonio dies in chopper crash in Afgh­anistan

Ramirez, U.S. Army soldier Jose L. Montenegro Jr. died last week in Logar Province


A U.S. Army soldier from San Antonio identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, and another soldier identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston died in a helicopter crash last week in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

The two soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Department of Defense announced they died on Sept. 5, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when their aircraft crashed.

The Department of Defense stated the cause of the crash is under investigation but there are reports the chopper was shot down.

Ramirez is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. She joined the U.S. Army in 2003 as an enlisted water purification specialist, according to fayobserver.com.

She earned OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aviator qualification in 2008, and was assigned to the 82nd CAB in 2009. This was her second deployment.

Fayobserver.com reports Ramirez is survived by her husband, Jesse Belbeck in the United States, and mother and father, Justin Ramirez and Alexandra Moll, in Kenya.


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