Kahler, Matthew Ryan, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2008, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Service Years
1997 - 2008

Sergeant First Class

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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Granite Falls, Minnesota

Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2008
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Sergeant Morales Club

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
GWOT Fallen
  2008, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Senior Parachutist (5 Combat Jumps)
Auto Rifle

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2003-2008, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2003-2008, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2008 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
24 July 1978 – 26 January 2008

Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment

Sergeant First Class Matthew R. Kahler was born on 24 July 1978 in Carroll, Iowa.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 June 1997.

After SFC Kahler completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to A Company 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 17 November 1997.  While assigned to the 504th PIR, he held the positions of Assistant Machine Gunner, Machine Gunner, and Fire Team Leader.  He deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1997 in support of OPERATION DESERT FOCUS and OPERATION DESERT THUNDER.

SFC Kahler was assigned to 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in June 2001.  While assigned to the 503rd, he held the positions of Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant.  He helped form and train Able Company during countless training deployments to Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels.  SFC Kahler deployed and served in the Brigade as a Rifle Squad Leader during both OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VI.  SFC Kahler deployed with The ROCK to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII as the Platoon Sergeant for 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry Regiment.

SFC Kahler’s awards include: Bronze Star (2, Posthumous), Purple Heart (2, Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon with numeral four, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Senior Parachutists Badge with Combat Bronze Star Device. SFC Kahler was also recently inducted into the U.S. Army, Europe Sergeant Morales Club as a lifetime member. 

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