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January 30, 2015

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Soldier with Las Vegas ties dies in Afghanistan crash

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Sgt. Josue E. Hernandez Chavez

The 66th military member with ties to Nevada has died in overseas wars since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Pentagon said.

It's the second casualty in a week involving a Nevadan, the Defense Department said.

Sgt. Josue E. Hernandez Chavez, 23, of Reno and born in Las Vegas, was one of seven soldiers killed Monday when a helicopter crashed in western Afghanistan.

Chavez was with the Army's 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment (Airborne) from Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

He is survived by his father, Pedro Hernandez; mother, Eustolia Hernandez of Las Vegas; and two sisters, Cristina and Mayra Hernandez.

Hernandez was a flight engineer, the Pentagon said.

The MH-47 helicopter went down in Darreh-ye Bum, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. The others killed were Chief Warrant Officer Michael P. Montgomery, 36, of Savannah, Ga.; Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyongs, 40, of Spokane, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Shawn H. McNabb, 24, of Terrell, Texas; Sgt. Nikolas A. Mueller, 26, of Little Chute, Wis.; Sgt. 1st Class David E. Metzger, 32, of San Diego; and Staff Sgt. Keith R. Bishop, 28, of Medford N.Y.

Another soldier with ties to the Las Vegas Valley was killed last week. Army Pfc. Kimble A. Han, 30, a former Cheyenne High School student from North Las Vegas, was killed in a roadside bomb attack Oct. 23. He had moved from Southern Nevada to Lehi, Utah, about a year ago.

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