Posted on December 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD -- The memorial service for four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash Monday night will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) according to a spokesperson.
The two-seat reconnaissance choppers crashed after 8 p.m. Monday in the southwest training area of the sprawling base, killing Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, Chief Warrant Officer Frank A. Buoniconti, Chief Warrant Officer Shan Joseph Satterfield and Chief Warrant Officer Lucas Daniel Sigfrid.
The service will only be open to family and members of the unit says Lt. Col. Dangerfield, a spokesperson for JBLM.
Army officials said the airmen were on a routine night training flight and said the weather was clear after the helicopters went down a couple miles from the community of Rainier, which is south of Tacoma.
An investigation into the cause of the accident by a team from Fort Rucker, Ala., began Wednesday and could take as long as a year.
KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen and The Associated Press contributed to this story.