IDAHO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER PILOTS
END OF WATCH FEBRUARY 2, 2021
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4  JESSE ANDERSON - 43
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3   GEORGE "GEOFF" LAUBHAUN - 39
CHIEF WARRARNT OFFICER 3   MATTHEW PELTZER - 43

All three personnel were pilots participating in a routine training flight. There were no other personnel on board. "The sudden and tragic loss of three of our fellow Guardsmen is extremely heartbreaking to every member of our  Idaho National Guard family," said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and command of the Idaho National Guard. " I have received numerous messages of condolence from many people here in Idaho and throughout the nation, and all of your thoughts, prayers and support are sincerely appreciated and much needed. It is very comforting, at such a challenging time, to have the care and support of so may." 


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson, a Boise resident, was a senior instructor pilot and had served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2008. He is survived by his wife and four children.  While in the Idaho Army National Guard, Anderson served as a UH-60 A/L pilot in command, UH-60 A/L instructor pilot, C-12 fixed wing pilot, C-12 operations pilot, company and battalion aviation standardization officer and medivac pilot. Anderson participated in local search and rescue operations, wildland fire fighting missions in California and civil support operations in Guatemala. He deployed again in 2006, to Kandahar Airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII. After the deployment, Anderson returned to Fort Drum and later left the active service to become a Guardsman. In 2008, Anderson joined the Idaho National Guard as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot. Four years later, he deployed again with A Company, 1st of the 168th General Support Aviation Battalion for his second tour to Afghanistan. 

Chief Warrant Officer 3 George "Geoff" Laubhan, a Boise resident, was an instructor pilot and had served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2010. He is survived by his wife and two children. He deployed in 2019 as a Black Hawk pilot to Guatemala with Detachment 1, G Company, 1st Battalion of the 168th Aviation Regiment in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon. Laubhan served as an AH-60 Apache and UH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, a UH-60 instuctor pilot and a medevac pilot while with the battalion. He flew multiple joint service training exercises in Nevada at Fallon Naval Air Station (Top Gun) and Nellis Air Force Base, and in support of the Air Assault Rappel Qualification School in Astoria, OR. Laubhan is credited for flying a lifesaving mission in support of Idaho Search and rescue operations. He also flew in support of wildland firefighting operation in California.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Peltzer, a Nampa resident, was a pilot and had served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2005. He is survived by his wife and two children. In 2015, Peltzer flew AH-64D Apache in support of the Idaho Army National Guard's rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. After the battalion reorganized and transitioned from Apaches to Black Hawks in 2016, Peltzer returned to Fort Rucker to attend a UH-60 Black Hawk qualifications course.  In 2019, he mobilized for two weeks to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, as a Black Hawk pilot in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon. During his career he also flew rotations at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, in support of joint service training exercises; supporting training with the Air Assault Rappel School in Astoria, OR, and transported numerous dignitaries in support of local and national Department of Defense initiatives.  Peltzer served as an AH-64 Apache pilot in command, a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, an aviation mission survivability officer, an aviation safety officer and a medevac helicopter pilot all while with the battalion. 

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