McClintock, Matthew, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18C-Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2015-2016, 18C, 19th Special Forces Group/1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group
Service Years
2006 - 2015
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces
Sergeant First Class

Three Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 2016
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) /Transition II (Jan. 1, 2015 to TBD)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 11204

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division Special Forces Group

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2016, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)
Special Forces

 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)19th Special Forces Group/1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group
  2007-2009, 19D, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
  2010-2014, 18C, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  2015-2016, 18C, 19th Special Forces Group/1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2008 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
  2012-2013 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2015-2016 Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) 2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Defense Department identified the soldier killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, died from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the DoD announcement released late Wednesday.

The incident is under investigation.

McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, in Buckley, Washington.

McClintock and his fellow Green Berets, from 1st Battalion’s A Company, deployed to Afghanistan in July, according to information from the Washington Army National Guard.

McClintock joined the Army in 2006. After completing his training, McClintock was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, deploying to Iraq in 2007.

He was chosen for selection in the U.S. Army Special Forces School in May 2009, according to information from the Guard. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in November 2010.

He deployed to Afghanistan from August 2012 to May 2013.

McClintock left active-duty in December 2014 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, which is part of the Washington Guard. He was a Special Forces engineer sergeant, according to information from the Guard.

“Staff Sergeant McClintock was one of the best of the best,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington Guard, in a statement. “He was a Green Beret who sacrificed time away from his loved ones to train for and carry out these dangerous missions. This is a tough loss for our organization.”

McClintock is survived by his wife, infant son and his parents, according to the Guard.

McClintock was killed and two others were wounded in hours-long fighting Tuesday near the city of Marjah, in southern Helmand province.

Col. Mike Lawhorn, a military spokesman in Afghanistan, said “all casualties have been evacuated,” the Associated Press reported earlier on Wednesday.

The troops’ evacuation was delayed Tuesday when one helicopter took fire and was unable to land, and another was unable to take off.

Lawhorn told the AP that U.S. special operations forces were advising their Afghan counterparts during the battle. The Taliban have recently attacked a number of cities in Helmand, one of several fronts where the insurgents have advanced in the year since the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission.

Initial reports about the battle were sketchy.

“There is still a fight going on,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday afternoon, hours after the casualties were sustained. “We don’t yet have all the details surrounding what has taken place.”

Cook added two U.S. helicopters were dispatched to the scene to provide medical evacuation for the U.S. casualties but could not complete the mission, according to the AP. One was waved off after taking fire and returned safely to its base, Cook said. The other, an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk, landed safely but was unable to take off because its rotor struck a wall.

From: USARMY Pentagon HQDA SECARMY Mailbox Under Secretary
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 6:12 PM
Subject: Message from the Acting Secretary of the Army Honorable Patrick Murphy
Army Team -
Wanted to provide another quick update.  When writing last, I  mentioned traveling that afternoon to Dover Air Force base for the  dignified transfer of SSG Matt McClintock, an NCO killed during a firefight with the Taliban while coming to the aid of another.  I met with his wife Alli and 3 month old son Declan and let them both know their Army family will always be there for them - and that Declan would know his Daddy was one of our Nation's heroes.  I called Alli today to let her know Matt was posthumously promoted to Sergeant First Class.
Army Strong! - Patrick
Acting Secretary of the Army
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