Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan identified

Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock (Photo: US Army)

The Department of Defense announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Marjah District, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.

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

According to the Army Times, McClintock joined the Army in 2006 and deployed to Iraq in 2007 with the 1st Cavalry Division.  In 2009 he made it through Special Forces selection and went on to Special Forces school in May of that year.

He was assigned to 1st Special Forces group in November of 2010 and completed a year long deployment in Afghanistan in 2013.  He left active-duty in December 2014 and joined the Washington National Guard where he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.  According to the Guard he was a Special Forces engineer Sergeant.

“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.”

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

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