The three Minnesota National Guardsmen killed in a Thursday helicopter crash have been identified.
- Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., age 28.
- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, age 30.
- Sgt. Kort M. Plantenberg, age 28.
All three soldiers were assigned to Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, based in St. Cloud.
Their unit had returned from a deployment to the Middle East in May, where they had been charged with conducting medical evacuations as part of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve.
All three soldiers were involved in the deployment.
The three were aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that lost radio contact on Thursday, and was later found to have crashed in a field near Cold Spring.
Details of the victims are still emerging, though Nord was featured in articles by KSTP and the Star Tribune on Friday and Saturday.
KSTP reports that he hails from Perham, and has a wife and daughter, with another child on the way.
A statement from Gov. Tim Walz reads: ""On behalf of all Minnesotans, Gwen and I offer our deepest sympathies to the families of Chief Warrant Officer Two Charles Nord, Chief Warrant Officer Two James Rogers, and Sergeant Kort Plantenberg.
"They paid the ultimate price in their service to Minnesota and to the United States of America. Words will never ease the pain of this tragic loss and the state of Minnesota is forever in the debt of these warriors."
More information is expected to be released at a Saturday afternoon press conference.