The crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter occurred Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in the western part of Iraq.
“This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations,” Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, the director of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement. “We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today.”
Names of the service members were being withheld until all families have been informed.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence responded to the tragedy on Twitter on Friday morning.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the brave troops lost in the helicopter crash on the Iraq-Syria border yesterday. Their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2018
Deeply saddened about the loss of 7 U.S service members on board the U.S helicopter that crashed in Western Iraq. The U.S will fully investigate the cause of this accident. Karen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 16, 2018