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Family members identify second soldier from Black Hawk crash

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    Family members have identified Brian Woeber as one of the five crew members from the Army blackhawk that crashed Tuesday night.

Family identified Brian Woeber, an instructor pilot at Wheeler Army Airfield, as one of the five crewmembers missing from Tuesday night’s crash of a Black Hawk helicopter at sea off Kaena Point.

“Our son Brian was one of the pilots in the Hawaii helicopter crash. Waiting on search and rescue. Please pray,” Debbie Herbeck Woeber, who lives in Decatur, Ala., wrote today on her Facebook page.

A person who answered the phone today at Herbeck Woeber’s home said, “I’m sorry, sir, we’re not talking to any press.”

Woeber is the second crewmember to be identified by family. The 25th Infantry Division has not released the missing crewmembers’ names, but said all were with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment.

According to his LinkedIn page, Woeber has been an instructor pilot at Wheeler since August of 2015. He had two previous assignments in Sinai, Egypt, and at Fort Rucker, Ala., as an instructor pilot.

His Facebook page said he’s married to Lori Barnes Woeber and the Decatur (Ala.) Daily said he is a father of three.

Anthony Gallas posted on Facebook that a “friend and fellow pilot I flew with in Egypt is missing after his helicopter went down in Hawaii. Great guy to work with and all my prayers are going out to him and his family during this time. Godspeed Brian Woeber, you are on all our minds.”

Link Martinez also said on the page of Woeber that “we flew together in Hawaii. (He is an) excellent pilot and human being.”

A Kentucky native also was aboard the Black Hawk helicopter, news outlets reported Wednesday. The family of Abigail Milam was informed that she was a crew member on the helicopter that went down, LEX18.com in Lexington, Ky., reported.

Milam’s Facebook page said she is a UH-60 Black Hawk repairer with the Army and that she lives in Waipahu. She said on the page that she is part of the 2nd battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment.

“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave,” Milam included along with her Facebook profile picture.

Schofield Barracks officials confirmed all aboard the Black Hawk that went down are part of the 2-25th at Wheeler Army Airfield.

Milam’s wife, Tiffany Marie, posted on her own Facebook page: “Please say a prayer for my wife and for the other members on board the helicopter that went down. Please let them be found safe.”

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