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.
Born: October 13, 1974 in Wabasha County, Minnesota
Died: August 20, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Wisconsin, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. He served three combat tours and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal sixth award, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon third award, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the NATO ISAF Medal. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10690
Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. He died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire. Skelt enlisted in October 1990 as a signal support systems specialist and trained at Fort Jackson and Fort Gordon, Ga., before serving at several duty stations in the United States and overseas. In 2005, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces engineer sergeant, according to a release. He had deployed with the 3rd Special Forces Group on three previous occasions, serving two tours in Afghanistan and one in Yemen. Skelt then served at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, both at Fort Bragg, before being recently reassigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (2nd Award), the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Tico leaves his wife, Jennifer, his children, Devin, Nicolas and Gabriella, his parents, Roberto C. Skelt and Aridia Skelt, a brother, Freddy, and his sisters, Dania, Diana and Wanda.
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Visitation will be
2:00-5:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at
LaFayette Funeral Home,
6651 Raeford Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
A Funeral Service will be held at 5:30 P.M. for family and close friends following the visitation at the Funeral Home with Chaplain (MAJ) Ruston Hill officiating. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Green Beret Foundation, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78258 or at http://greenberetfoundation.org/donations.html. Obituary information provided by LaFayette Funeral Home.
Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., died Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades. Lacey was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Lacey began his military service in January of 2003, arriving at Fort Knox in January of 2013. He was serving his fifth deployment including his three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Kelly was awarded Airborne Wings, Egyptian Jump Wings, 3 Bronze Stars, one of which has the "V" device, for his acts of heroism, that resulted in his death, a Purple Heart, numerous Army Commendation medals and Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Badge, three Good Conduct Medals, a Drivers Badge, Humanitarian award for his acts in Hurricane Katrina relief, and many other war time awards. He also fast-tracked all of his promotions to achieve Sergeant First Class in under 10 years. Magnolia Cemetery in Laurel Hill, Florida.
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Staff Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla, assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va., He died June 18, in Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire. He joined the Army in 2006 and was a cargo specialist. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training at Eustis. His first assignment was as a cargo specialist with the 119th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Story in Virginia Beach. Johnson is a combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq, and his awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal. Also killed were Spc. Ember M. Alt, Spc. Robert W. Ellis and Spc. William R. Moody. South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida – Sec 39 Site 2297
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Born: June 16, 1993 in Florida
Died: June 16, 2013 in Helmand province, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown from Southport, Florida had wished to serve his country since he was in the ninth grade. Military service didn’t scare him and some of his large group of friends and family believed Jared to be invincible. He was loving, known for his charismatic smile, twinkling eyes and great sense of humor. Above all he loved his friends just like they were born into his family. He was always big brothering someone whether they be older or younger than he was. He was never too busy to not care about others. On January 4, 2012, he had written on his Facebook page “I can only be what I am. I like what I am.” Jared served in the ROTC for four years during high school and left for boot camp shortly after graduating from Bozeman High School in 2011. Jared was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and left for Afghanistan just under two months before he was killed by a gunshot on his 20th birthday. This incident is under investigation as he was killed on base. Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Panama City, Florida – Arch & Cross 43 A-3 – GPS 30.19112 -85.6604
Born June 8, 1982 in The USA
Died June 10, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Jesse Lamar Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Florida. Jesse was known as “Jay” to those who knew and loved him, and he was proud to call Pensacola his hometown. His Army career began in 2005, enlisting because in his words “he wanted to do something different and wanted to make a difference.” His elder sister was already serving in the Army and she said “He went after he was more mature,” she said. “A lot of people join when they’re 18 or 21. He was already mature. He was ready for the responsibility and to follow through with it.” Jesse served a tour of duty in Iraq and was currently assigned to the 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany, where he was a human resources specialist. He lived in Germany the last two years along with his wife and their children. Jesse was a loving family man who was never shy about speaking his mind. He was described by his company commander as a great mentor, a dedicated noncommissioned officer and professional. He was known as a very approachable leader who lived by Army values and a man who did his best to take care of everyone. He touched a lot of soldiers’ lives, he really touched a lot of people and everybody that came into contact felt something from him and they took something from him. He was quick with advice, understanding and encouragement to his fellow soldiers on how to become better soldiers and work their way up. Those who worked under him said they’ll always remember that about him, along with his smile and jokes. Jesse also had a passion for music of all kinds, playing both the piano and keyboard and singing rap. Staff Sergeant Thomas died June 10, 2013, in Helmand, Afghanistan. The dedication, hard work and support Jesse gave to others was returned to him by the citizens of Pensacola when hundreds of the town’s residents showed up to honor him and his sacrifice at his final homecoming and funeral. SSG Thomas earned the following awards during his service to this country: 3 Army Commendation Medals (3rd posthumous), 3 Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, 2 Korean Defense Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2 Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, 2 Service Ribbons, and the NATO Medal awarded posthumously.
Burial Barrancas National Cemetery Pensacola Florida Section 51 Site 60.
Born: March 3, 1984
Died: April 4, 2013 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
Capt. James M. Steel of Tampa, Florida died at age 29 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Steel graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2006, completed pilot training and arrived at Shaw in June 2010. He was the chief of mobility for the squadron, which provides close air support for U.S. and coalition troops on the ground. His plane was on its final approach to land at Bagram Airfield around 11 p.m. when he lost contact with his wingman and the control tower. Steel’s F-16 then crashed 10 miles south of the runway. Steel had been on a routine air support mission. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 8 Site 370
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Born: May 18, 1992 in Winter Haven, Florida
Died: March 18, 2013 in Hawthorne, Nevada
Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in March 2011. Fenn's awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. Oak Grove Cemetery
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Born: July 22, 1981 in Herkimer, New York
Died: March 11, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla., died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was a 1999 graduate of St. John Neumann High School and a 2002 graduate of Edison State College. Staff Sgt. Scialdo, a Black Hawk section chief, joined the Army in January 2003 and arrived at the unit in January 2012. This was his second deployment. His awards include the Air Medal and Army Commendation with Valor. Palm Royale
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