Spc. Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, of Buford, Georgia, died Sept. 21, in Bagram, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Gilbert had previously enlisted in the Marines in 2009, but left the service after suffering a major injury to his eardrum during basic training.
Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. Sibley served as a combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, receiving the Bronze Star four times, one with “V” device for valor. He deployed four times during his seven-year Air Force career.
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Roland was a 2010 Air Force Academy graduate and served as a special tactics officer at the 23rd Tactics Squadron. He became a team leader who supervised the training of 34 airmen and had deployed three times in five years.
Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. His loss comes just a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Bristol. McKenna was a 17 year Army veteran who had also served in Iraq. Among his awards are the Bronze Star with V device for heroism in combat operations and the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. McKenna began his service in 1998 as an infantryman and qualified for Special Forces in 2002. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, now based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, as communications sergeant in 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in strategic studies from Norwich University in 2014.
Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Salazar was a mechanical systems repairman, whose job was to ensure facility operations at an air base in the Gulf region that is supporting operations against Islamic State militants. Salazar was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, part of the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group and reporting to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The unit's headquarters is at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, but Salazar's squadron was assigned elsewhere in the Gulf region. Riverside National Cemetery
Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Dawson was a combat medic. He joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2013. His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge. Pine Grove Cemetery
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Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Martin joined the Army in August of 2012 and had been assigned Fort Hood’s 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, since June of 2014. He deployed to Afghanistan in June 2014. Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park.
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Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, New York died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Morris joined the United States Army in February of 1996 and had been assigned to the unit since March 2012. He deployed to Korea from February of 2002 to February of 2003, Iraq from July of 2003 to April of 2004, March of 2005 to March of 2006 and from November of 2007 to February of 2009. He also deployed to Afghanistan in June of 2014. His decorations include a Bronze Star Medal. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia – Sec 60 Site 10791
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Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Ammerman joined the Army in July 2004. He was deployed in 2006 to Iraq, where he served 14 months. In 2009, Ammerman was sent to Afghanistan for 12 months, serving as an an assistant gunner, fire team leader and squad leader. Two years later, the sergeant was stationed at Fort Steward, Ga., where he served as a senior sniper and squad leader with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. He volunteered for Special Forces in 2012, graduated in 2013 as a Special Forces communications sergeant and was assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) in July,2014. He deployed in late fall of 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. Additionally, he received the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Born: August 14 1984
Died: December 1, 2014 in Jordan
Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. He attended Rifle High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His youth was spent in constant motion: harassing his sister, and participating in sports of all kinds from basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming to eventing horses competing in the North American Young Riders Championship. While attending Rifle High School, Will was involved in choir, soccer, track, school plays, the National Honor Society, and was elected Senior class president. The Air Force awarded Will a full ride ROTC scholarship in Aerospace Engineering which allowed him to graduate with honors at Colorado State University in Boulder including the Distinguished Graduate award from the 105th ROTC detachment unit. Although Will was dedicated to academics, leadership, and becoming the best Air Force officer, he found time to join the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation he learned that he was accepted into an elite pilot training program, ENJEPT (Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training) at Sheppard Air Force base and proceeded on to F16 training at Luke AFB. His first assignment in 2011 was Kunsan, Korean where he proudly flew for the 35th fighter squadron, known as the Pantons, and earned the call sign, Pyro. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ashley Jones. Just last year, he returned to the states with his bride to be, and was based at Shaw AFB in the 77th fighter squadron, the Gamblers, also known as “the worlds greatest”. Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east.
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