In a tragic incident near the Texas-Mexico border, an Army National Guard helicopter crashed, claiming the lives of two New York Army National Guard soldiers and a Border Patrol agent. The crash occurred last Friday (March 8) in a field near Rio Grande City, leaving another New York Army National Guard member seriously injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, shedding light on the risks associated with border security missions in the region.

Tragedy Strikes at the Texas-Mexico Border

The tragic incident unfolded last Friday near the Texas-Mexico border as a District of Columbia Army National Guard helicopter, part of federal border vigilance efforts, crashed, claiming the lives of two New York Army National Guard soldiers and a US Border Patrol agent while leaving the helicopter’s crew chief injured.

As investigations into the crash continue, authorities mourn the fallen and extend prayers for the injured. The crash occurred in a field near Rio Grande City, Texas, cutting short the mission of the UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

The three individuals who lost their lives in the tragic incident were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski, 28, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia, 30, both serving in the New York Army National Guard, and Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna, 49.