Two Fort Bragg officers killed in downed chopper

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Two Fort Bragg Army officers are dead after their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan after taking fire from insurgents.

The Pentagon says Capt. Scott Pace of Brawley, California, and 1st Lt. Matthew Fazzari of Walla Walla, Washington, were killed on Wednesday after their helicopter was downed by enemy forces along Afghanistan’s volatile eastern border with Pakistan.

The 82nd Airborne Division pilots were flying an OH-58D Kiowa helicopter, which mostly carries out reconnaissance missions. Pace was 39, a West Point graduate, and veteran of two earlier deployments to Iraq.

Fazzari was 25-years-old and on his first deployment after graduating from Gonzaga University in 2010.

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