Human Interest Army Staff Sergeant Killed After U.S. Helicopter Crash Was Expecting First Baby with His Wife Caleb Gore had spent over 13 years as a service member of the Army, with 11 of those years served as a sergeant By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 30, 2023 09:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Facebook A sergeant expecting his first baby is among the nine individuals killed after two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters crashed during a routine training mission in Kentucky on Wednesday. "The accident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. when the two helicopters were conducting a planned training exercise in and around the local Fort Campbell training area," a release from the 101st Airborne Division said Thursday. 9 People Are Dead After 2 U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopters Crash in Kentucky "The Army has deployed an aviation safety team from Fort Rucker, Ala., to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident," the statement added. While the Army did not immediately release the identity of the nine victims killed in the crash, Pastor Tim Gore of Fremont Missionary Baptist Church in North Carolina shared on Facebook that one of the passengers was his son, Caleb Gore. "My precious son Caleb was killed in a tragic helicopter accident last night. He was the light of my world, and I have no words to express my grief right now," wrote Tim. "My words are my tears right now. Please pray for us all." He was 25 years old, according to NBC affiliate WSMV-TV. Facebook Skydiver Gets Tangled in Power Lines During First Solo Dive: 'I Don't Know If I'm Going to Jump Again' Tim told WRAL that Caleb's wife Haleigh is pregnant with their first child. "They just found out yesterday it was a boy," he said, sharing that she is currently about three weeks pregnant. "She was my son's childhood love, so the grief of the moment stretches pretty deep right now." Tim also remembered his son as a "hero." "Not just in the sense that he was in the army but just who he was as a person," he said. "He was a tank. He was literally a tank. If Captain America walked in the door, that's exactly what I would think he would look like." RELATED VIDEO: 9 People Are Dead After 2 U.S. Army Blackhawk Helicopters Crash in Kentucky Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Brigadier General John Lubas, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deputy commanding general for operations, shared in Thursday's press release that the division's "number one priority is caring for the families and the soldiers within our combat aviation brigade." "This is a truly tragic loss for these families, our Division, and Fort Campbell," he added.