Fallen Keaau soldier remembered as ‘strong, courageous’

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump watch as a U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. of Keaau, Hawaii, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HILO — A 25-year-old soldier from Keaau was one of two pilots killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.