MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Both of the pilots killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday night in Montgomery County have been identified.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Mose Weiss and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the aircraft went down approximately 12 miles south of Fort Campbell.
Weiss enlisted in the Army in 2003 and served as a psychological operations specialist. He served in Afghanistan in 2014.
The 32-year-old is from McHenry, Illinois, located northwest of Chicago. He leaves behind a wife, two children, and seven younger siblings.
According to the Northwest Herald, Weiss was the oldest of eight children and known to his family and friends by his middle name of “Mose,” which was his grandfather’s nickname.
His father, also named Kevin, released a statement about the loss of his son.
“I’m going to miss him, but I’m blessed to have had him. I know eternally he’s fine, but it’s going to stink not having him here.”
Pastor Jody Kilburn of First Baptist Church of Woodlawn has been spending time with officer Weiss’ wife. The Weiss family has been members of his congregation for about three years.
“We remind families in that situation that while it’s tragic and you can’t replace a loss, and you can’t fill a void, you can have perspective. And you can understand God is in control and he is going to comfort you and see you through the grieving process,” said Pastor Kilburn.
Weiss’ wife also wrote a letter about her late husband, describing their first date and how blessed she feels he was in her life. Click here to read it in full.
Caraballoleon was a native of Puerto Rico. The 35-year-old enlisted in the Army in 2003 as an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter mechanic.
Caraballoleon deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
The cause of the accident has yet to be determined and the incident is currently under investigation by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.
On Thursday, the U.S. Army grounded all active-duty aircraft in the wake of the crash, citing a second military helicopter crash out of Fort Bragg.