Minnesota National Guard Soldiers IDed

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers IDed Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota National Guard

(KNSI) - The Minnesota National Guard is identifying the three soldiers killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter went down near Kimball Thursday, December 5th.

They are identified as 28-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers, 30-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, and 28-year-old Warrant Officer Candidate Kort M. Plantenberg.

CW2 Rogers (above) was born in Madelia, in southern Minnesota. He graduated high school in 2010 and enlisted in June of 2009 as a field artillery specialist. In 2013, he became a Warrant Officer as a Black Hawk pilot and currently lived in Winstead.

CW2 Nord was born in Breckenridge, in western Minnesota near the North Dakota border. Nord graduated from Perham High School in 2007 and enlisted in August of 2007 as an M1 armor crewman. In 2016, he became a Warrant Officer as a UH-60 Black Hawk aeromedical evacuation pilot. He leaves behind his wife, Kaley, and two-year-old daughter, Lydia. They were also expecting another child. The family lives in Perham.

Warrant Officer Candidate Plantenberg (above) was born in St. Cloud and graduated from Albany Area High School in 2009. He enlisted in May of 2016 as an aircraft electrician. He was also a member of the Minnesota National Guard biathlon team and competed in the Chief National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships in 2018. At the time of the crash, Plantenberg was ranked as a Sergeant, but had applied to the state Warrant Officer program and was to begin flight school in March. He was federally recognized as Warrant Officer Candidate Plantenberg, and the guard has since updated his rank. He lived in Avon.

All three soldiers were assigned to Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The unit returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in May 2019, where they conducted medical evacuations in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. All three soldiers deployed on this mission.

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