An American soldier was killed in a helicopter incident Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
“Capt. James T. Bellew, 26, was found deceased at the site of a helicopter crash involving two HH-60 helicopters at Wright Army Airfield at approximately 2 a.m. on Mar. 30, 2022. The incident is under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), as is routine policy in any non-combat death of a soldier. A safety investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is also investigating the incident,” according to a statement from the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
Bellew entered the Army in 2017 as a medical service officer and became an Aeromedical Evacuation Officer in 2019.
“The loss of James is an immeasurable tragedy to his family, friends, crew and fellow Soldiers,” Col. Eric Vanek, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade commander said. “James was a part of one of the noblest professions imaginable; he dedicated his life to serving our country and did so in a role where he was constantly helping, and saving the lives of others.”
An estimated 8,821 people live on Fort Stewart, with an additional 35,000 people living in the neighboring Hinesville. Over 22,000 soldiers and more than 40,000 family members are served by the installation.