Army confirms IDs of Naples soldier, others killed in crash

Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, 31, an Army soldier from Naples, was killed this week in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. Scialdo, a Black Hawk crew chief serving his second tour of duty, was a 1999 graduate of St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples, and a 2002 graduate of Edison State College.

Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, 31, an Army soldier from Naples, was killed this week in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. Scialdo, a Black Hawk crew chief serving his second tour of duty, was a 1999 graduate of St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples, and a 2002 graduate of Edison State College.

— The Army has confirmed that Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo, of Naples, was one of the five-member crew killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday.

The crew was flying a routine training mission using night-vision goggles. No enemy attacks were reported, according to Army sources.

Also killed were Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass of Estherville, Iowa.; Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson of Franklin, La.; Sara M. Knutson of Eldersburg, Md.; and Spc. Zachary L. Shannon of Dunedin, Fla. All five were trained at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., which falls under the command of Fort Stewart, Ga.

A ceremony is planned at Fort Stewart in April to honor the soldiers who died last week.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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