David E. Metzger, 32
He was someone you could count on. He was someone you'd want there in the heat of battle. You always knew he was watching your back.
— Master Sgt. Javier F. Martinez, senior enlisted sergeant on Metzger's team
Metzger was one of seven Army Special Operations Command soldiers who died Oct. 26 when the MH-47 helicopter they were aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum Afghanistan. Metzger was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. Fellow soldiers lauded his dedication and described him as a strapping, affable comrade who paid close attention to detail.