MARLBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) – The Department of Defense says a soldier with ties to New Hampshire has died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Twenty-eight-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau died Thursday in Paktika province, Afghanistan, from helicopter crash injuries during combat operations.
Before serving the Army, Thibodeau went to Marlborough Elementary School and Keene High School. His and his family later moved to Ohio.
A family friend said Thibodeau was living his dream of making a career in the Army and flying an Apache helicopter.
Thibodeau, an AH-64D attack pilot, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, since August 2009.
This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
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