PENTAGON (Talk Media News) – The Pentagon identified the Army Special Operations solider killed near Marja in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday as Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock.
McClintock, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M. was lethally injured during a joint U.S.-Afghan operation when his unit came under small arms fire. Two other U.S. soldiers were wounded and have since been evacuated to U.S. joint base Kandahar where they are receiving treatment. A “number” of Afghani forces were also killed and injured in the altercation, the Pentagon said.
He was a veteran Green Beret on his third tour of duty, and a member of the Washington National Guard, assigned to the Alpha Company of 1st Battalion, 19th Group, based out of Fort Louis, Wash.
“Staff Sergeant McClintock was one of the best of the best,” Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington National Guard, said in a statement Thursday. “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, and a harsh reminder that ensuring freedom is not free. We stand with Staff Sergeant McClintock’s family, and will provide ongoing support during the grieving and healing process.”
McClintock leaves behind his wife and a 3-month old son.
His death marks the first American casualty in Afghanistan in 2016, according the the website iCasualties.org. In 2015, the website reports, 22 Americans died in service.