Guard Crash Victims Identified


The two Mississippi National Guard soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Prentiss County Friday were based in Tupelo.  One was a member of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment. CWO-4 Bryan Andrew Zemek was a native of Oxford.   The second soldier was in Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Lakota Medical Evacuation unit.  CWO-4 Derek Joshua Abbott was a native of Fulton.  Their AH-64 Apache helicopter was on a routine training flight when it crashed near Booneville.  An investigation is continuing.

CWO-4 Zemek                              CWO-4 Abbott

(Photos courtesy of the MS National Guard)