Colorado Army Guard honors fallen pilot

The Army National Guard is dedicating its Denver-area aviation center to the memory of an Army helicopter pilot from Colorado who was killed in Afghanistan.

David R. Carter of Aurora, a chief warrant officer 5, will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday at the Colorado Guard’s Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base.

The 47-year-old was one of two pilots flying a Chinook CH-47D in August 2011 when it crashed. The military said it was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by an insurgent.

Thirty-eight people were killed.

Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to speak.

Also speaking will be Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, commander of the Colorado National Guard.

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