MARLBOROUGH, N.H. — 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.
WMUR-TV reports that before serving the Army, Thibodeau went to Marlborough Elementary School and Keene High School. He 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.
Information from: WMUR-TV