While media sources carry on about an Army National Guard soldier who lost touch with reality and opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport, I want to remind the public that there are many other soldiers who stood strong and proud in adverse conditions.
Yes, I am saddened that innocent lived were lost in Florida, and we must put some fault on the F.B.I. who knew that this soldier had problems and should not have had the means to carry a firearm until mentally cleared to do so.
But enough of that, because this article is meant to honor soldiers who gave their all.
And when I say their all, I mean everything.
I hope I do not miss anyone, but I am going through the United States Military casualty lists from 2016 for Operation’s Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
We need to pay respect to these soldiers who gave their lives in the duty of their country.
So without further ado, I am going in order of the 2016 dates of action.
I ask you to give respect to each one and if you pray, please say a prayer for the family they left behind.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew McClintock – January 5th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
“Staff Sergeant McClintock was one of the best of the best. 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.” Major General Bret Daugherty
Matthew was a member of the Washington National Guard, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.
He was wounded by small arms fire in the city of Marjah, Afghanistan and died from those wounds.
Matthew is survived by his wife and infant son. http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-staff-sgt-matthew-q-mcclintock/6568666
U.S. Air Force Major John Gerrie – January 16th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
Major Gerrie was serving in Qatar and was found dead from non-combat related issues.
Major Gerrie was assigned to the 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron and he was from Nickerson, Kansas.
We have no other information about John, but we greatly appreciate his service.
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U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin – March 19th, 2016 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
“The loss of a Marine is sad, but I thought about it: He was leading his Marines in combat, They were in indirect fire and he made sure everybody got in the bunker, and he just didn’t make it in time. Is that sad? That’s sad. But if you’re going to go, you want to go in the fight.” General Robert Neller
Louis was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and from Temecula, California.
He was hit by rocket fire.
Louis’ sacrifice will not be forgotten.
He was 27 years old.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathaniel McDavitt – April 15th, 2016 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
“Nate was not only a great Airman, but he was a great person who always had a smile on his face, we share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we will never forget the valuable contributions he made to our country and the impact he has left on our unit.” Major David Marce
Stationed in Jordan, Nathaniel was with the 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron and from Glen Burnie, Maryland.
High winds hit the building he was in and toppled the structure fatally injuring the Airman.
He was 22 years old.
U.S. Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV – May 3rd, 2016 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
This 31 year old Navy Seal had put his life on the line many times in his courageous service.
His teammates only had great things to say about Charles who was from San Diego, California.
He was killed by enemy gunfire at Tall Usquf, Iraq and he leaves a mourning fiancee. http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/special-warfare-operator-1st-class-charles-h-keating-iv/6568668
U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant David Bauders – May 6th, 2016 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
25 year old David died of non-combat related issues at Al Asad Air Base.
He was from Seattle and served with the 176th Engineer Company.
Our condolences to his family.
U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate Seaman Conner McQuagge – May 26th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
It seems the Navy claims that this seaman did not die from combat related injuries, but he was struck by a rocket while serving in the Red Sea.
Conner was a 19 year old Seaman from Utah serving on the USS Harpers Ferry.
Conner served with honor! http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/gunners-mate-seaman-connor-a-mcquagge/6568677
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Clement – June 21st, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
The 38 year old Petty Officer died from non-combat related injuries while stationed at Camp Lemonnier which is at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport.
From Peabody, Massachusetts, Andrew was assigned to Navy Reserve Unit Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC).
It was a great loss and we sympathize with Andrew’s family.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant Anais Tobar – July 18th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
It is a mystery as to what happened.
This friendly female 1st Lieutenant was found dead in her room.
From Miami, Florida, Anais was with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based in Abu Dhabi.
She is survived by her parents.
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Flando Jackson – August 4th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
45 year old Flando was serving with the 194th Wing of the Washington National Guard.
His death is deemed non-combat and there is very little information.
From Lansing, Michigan, we give our condolences to Flando’s family.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Wilbur – August 14th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
This 36 year old Staff Sergeant died from non-combat injuries in Kandahar province in Afghanistan.
From Granite City, Illinois, Christopher served with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
He is survived by his wife and 2 children.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson – August 23rd, 2016 – Operation Freedom Sentinel
This Green Beret was a hero.
He suffered a fatal wound while on a dangerous mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
It was an IED.
Matthew is survived by his wife and he served with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Thank you Matthew for your service, and we give our prayers to his wife.
U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Jeffrey Cooper – September 11th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
Jeffrey was 25 and while traveling in Kuwait, the vehicle rolled over.
Jeffrey was an officer who sent and received troops from Iraq.
He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/1st-lt-jeffrey-d-cooper/6568680
Assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Travis came from Brownsville, Texas to Abu Dhabi where some type of accident took his life.
Though it was a non-combat incident, we are saddened to see the life of this 32 year old taken early.
May Travis’ family have peace and joy.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adam Thomas – October 4th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
Adam was a special forces soldier assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast that killed this brave soldier in Nangarhar province.
From Irvine, California, we are grateful to Adam for his service to the United States.
U.S. Army Sergeant Douglas Riney – October 19th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
From Fairview, Illinois, Douglas was assigned to the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and was in a firefight in Kabul where he was fatally wounded.
Friends and family gathered as his remains traveled in a motorcycle hearse to his final resting place in Fairview.
Our condolences to the family of Douglas.
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan – October 20th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
Jason who was 34 and from Anaheim, California was attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three.
As a Navy Seal, he was involved in a firefight against ISIS in Mosul where he lost his life when his Humvee hit an IED.
“JJ was the definition of a professional and a loyal teammate and he will be deeply missed.” Jason’s Commanding Officer
U.S. Army Captain Andrew Byers – November 3rd, 2016 – Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
From Roseville, North Carolina, Andrew attended West Point where he excelled.
Attached to the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), this Green Beret gave his life fighting Taliban forces near Kunduz, Afghanistan.
His family are surely sad but proud of this brave soldier. http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/capt-andrew-d-byers/6568683
U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Ryan Gloyer – November 3rd, 2016 – Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
In the same battle as Captain Byers above, Ryan was also a Green Beret with the Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
From Greenville, Pennsylvania, Ryan fearlessly gave his life but took several Taliban terrorists to the grave too.
We thank the Gloyer family for sacrificing this great man.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Lewellen – November 4th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Kevin McEnroe – November 4th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Moriarty – November 4th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
I put these 3 brave soldiers together as they all died fighting a hard battle as they entered Jafr, Jordan.
All 3 were Green Berets attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
We owe their families gratitude.
Matthew was from Lawrence, Kansas; Kevin was from Tucson, Arizona; and James was from Kerrville, Texas.
U.S. Army Specialist Ronald Murray Jr. – November 10th, 2016 – Operation Iraqi Freedom
Stationed in Kuwait, Ronald was killed in a vehicle accident.
From Bowie, Maryland, this soldier was attached to the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
His loss will be deeply felt by many.
U.S. Army Sergeant John Perry – November 12th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
U.S. Army Private First Class Tyler Lubelt – November 12th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
These 2 soldiers lost their lives from a suicide bomber near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
Both soldiers were attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
John was from Stockton, California and Tyler was from Tamaroa, Illinois.
We give the families are deepest condolences.
U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton – November 24th, 2016 – Operation Inherent Resolve
Scott was the first U.S. casualty in fighting against the Islamic State in Syria.
The 42 year old from Woodbridge, Virginia was killed by an IED.
He was attached to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two.
We owe him our thanks for his brave service.
U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Allan Brown – December 6th, 2016 – Operation Enduring Freedom
Allan was also with John and Tyler near Bagram airfield.
He passed away at Walter Reed Medical Center of his wounds from the suicide blast.
He was also attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
Allan was from Takoma Park, Maryland.
We give our condolences to his family.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the families of all these military personnel who gave their ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
This has been a hard article to write, as I read the circumstances of each person’s death.
How much harder for their family.
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