National Guard trio killed in upstate New York helicopter crash identified

The three decorated National Guard members killed in an upstate New York helicopter crash during a routine training mission were identified Friday as Afghanistan war veterans, with the senior member boasting 35 years in the military. Oft-honored Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, 54, was the longest-serving member of the trio, and was killed in the Wednesday night crash along with Chief Warrant Officers Christian Koch, 39, and Daniel Prial, 30, authorities said. Their Sikorsky UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter went down in a field about 10 miles south of Rochester, with the fatal crash stil…

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