During a patrol in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson died after an the explosion of an improvised explosive device.
The 28-year-old American service member was from Irvine, California. He died on August 23, 2016 after acquiring wounds from the improvised explosive device. It was Thompson’s first deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, according to Army.mil.
Earlier, he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Another American and six Afghan soldiers were wounded during the roadside bomb blast. The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said in a statement that U.S. troops were accompanying their Afghan counterparts. They were patrolling near Helmand Province’s capital of Lashkar Gah when their unit came under attack, as reported by Politico.
“He was an exceptional Green Beret, a cherished teammate, and devoted husband,” commander of special operations task force in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Kevin M. Trujillo, said about the 28-year-old soldier in a statement.
“His service in Afghanistan and Iraq speak to his level of dedication, courage, and commitment to something greater than himself.”
The American service member got into the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Candidate on March 2011. He completed Army Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training, Basic Airborne Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Special Forces Qualification Course.
On August 2014, he reported to 1st Special Forces Group as a Special Forces medical sergeant. He acquired a good set of military education. It included Basic Combat Training, the Basic Airborne Course, the Advanced Leader Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course. He also got training in the Special Forces Qualification Course and the Special Operations Combat Medic Course.
Thompson was awarded with a bulk of medals, including the Bronze Star Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal with V device, and Purple Heart Medal.
“It had been Matt’s boyhood dream to serve his country this way,” Jonathan Beyer, his father-in-law said in a Facebook post.
“Please lift up our daughter Rachel, Matt’s parents, Mark and Lynda Thompson of Brookfield, WI, our family and all of Matt and Rachel’s family and friends in your prayers.”