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Army pilot’s trial
Sgt. Daniel Galvan, 30, of Moore, Okla., was killed in the Aug. 12 crash near the Pakistani border.
Rogers, who has been flying for more than a decade, will go before Col. Debra Boudreau this morning in a Wheeler Army Airfield courtroom and enter a plea as well as determine whether he will face a panel or be heard by just a trial judge.
Prosecuting the case will be Maj. Suzanne Mitchem and Capt. Kevin Heller. Defending Rogers will be Capt. Darwin Strickland.
Galvan was a crew member of the UH-60 Black Hawk and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion's Bravo Company, 25th Aviation.
Only Galvan was killed in the crash. Three other crew members -- including co-pilot 1st Lt. Christopher Marvin, 25, and nine of 11 Marines on board -- were injured in the crash.
Galvan was the third of 15 Schofield Barracks soldiers to die in Afghanistan. His family planned to be at today's court-martial.
Earlier reports put the blame of the crash in Khost province along Afghanistan's mountainous border with Pakistan on mechanical troubles and not hostile fire.
Rogers' court-martial was ordered by Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, who commands the 25th Infantry Division, on Feb. 23.
If convicted, Rogers, 37, faces a maximum jail term of 5 1/2 years.