April 25, 2011
Release Number: 1104-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
Fort Drum, NY - An OH-58D pilot with Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, was killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 23, during a crash landing of the helicopter he was co-piloting. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
Killed is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, 29, of Arden, North Carolina.
Varnadore joined the U.S. Army in 2005, completed training, and has been serving at Fort Drum since 2007. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010. He had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.
Varnadore's awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
Varnadore is survived by his wife and child, mother and father.