A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.
Ammerman was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, Commander of the 7th SFG(A)’s 3rd Battalion, said in a statement on the 7th Special Forces Group Facebook page:
“Staff Sgt. Matthew Ammerman was an exceptional Soldier in all regards. He showed himself to be a standout shortly after arrival in the unit and his efforts have made an impact on his unit and our mission. We, as a nation, are fortunate to have men like Matt.
“He not only represented what we should all aspire to be, but he lived it. His loss is a great blow and he will be missed and mourned by this unit. Our focus will be supporting his family in any way possible and ensuring that they are taken care of during this difficult process.”
Ammerman was a native of Noblesville, Indiana. WishTV.com reports Ammerman is survived by his wife, Emily, of Crestview, Florida. He also leaves behind a brother, Anthony, who lives in Noblesville.