National Guard trio killed in upstate New York helicopter crash identified as Afghanistan war veterans

The three decorated National Guard members killed in an upstate New York helicopter crash during a routine training mission were identified Friday as Afghanistan war veterans, with the senior member boasting 35 years in the military.

Oft-honored Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, 54, was the longest-serving member of the trio, and was killed in the Wednesday night wreck along with Chief Warrant Officers Christian Koch, 39 and Daniel Prial, 30, authorities said.

Their Sikorsky...