Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement honoring the life and service of three fallen Idaho Army National Guard personnel. The individuals were killed after their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise on February 2, 2021, while participating in a routine training flight.
“I am saddened to learn about the passing of the three brave pilots of the Idaho National Guard during an exercise training. Chief Warrant Officer Anderson, Chief Warrant Officer Laubhan and Chief Warrant Officer Peltzer answered the call of duty to serve our state and our nation with honor, distinction and courage. Their service and sacrifices will not be forgotten, and their selflessness will continue to serve as an example for all of us. I pray for the strength of comfort in the days ahead, and my sincerest condolences are with the families and friends of these heroic men.”
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 4 Jesse Anderson was a resident of Nampa and a senior instructor pilot. He had served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2008. CWO Anderson is survived by his wife and four children.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 George “Geoff” Laubhan was a resident of Boise and an instructor pilot, having served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2010. CWO Laubhan is survived by his wife and two children.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Peltzer was a resident of Nampa and an instructor pilot, having served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2005. CWO Peltzer is survived by his wife and two children.