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Two aviators killed at Fort Benning, names released

Chief Warrant Officer Steven B. Redd (Source: USASOC News Service) Chief Warrant Officer Steven B. Redd (Source: USASOC News Service)
Capt. John D. Hortman (Source: USASOC News Service) Capt. John D. Hortman (Source: USASOC News Service)
This is a photo of a AH-6M Little Bird helicopter. (Source: Military.com) This is a photo of a AH-6M Little Bird helicopter. (Source: Military.com)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – Two Army Special Operations Aviation Soldiers who died in a helicopter accident Monday afternoon at a live-fire range on Fort Benning, GA, have been identified.

Capt. John D. Hortman and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven B. Redd died after their AH-6M Little Bird helicopter crashed while conducting routine military training involving Rangers and other special operations personnel.

We are told the aviators were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

There were no other injuries reported.

Hortman, 30, a native of Inman, S.C., served as a Special Operations Light Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader.  He is survived by his mother, Brenda Jones, of Inman, S.C., his sister, Jill Hortman, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his brother, Andy Pierce, of Overland Park, Kan.

Redd, 37, a native of Lancaster, Calif., served as a fully mission qualified AH-6M aviator and armament platoon leader.  He is survived by his wife Adalia Redd of Clarksville, Tenn.; children Jazlyn, of Clarksville, and Tristyn and Dezaray of Fort Polk, La.; step-children Paige, Eden, and Ledger Halls of Clarksville; and parents Louis and Dorothy Redd of Layton, Utah.

[Read: Redd Family Statement]

The accident remains under investigation by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

Fort Benning public affairs sent a press release earlier this week about a military exercise that will be taking place on post with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

During that exercise they advise there will be low flying aircrafts -- including helicopters -- and the use of training ammunition.

[Read: Statement from 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (A) Commander]

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