SFC Matthew Quinn McClintock

SFC Matthew Quinn McClintock

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Death 5 Jan 2016 (aged 30)
Marjah, Helmand, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 11204
Memorial ID 156805681 · View Source
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Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, a Washington National Guard soldier from Des Moines, was killed in action Tuesday in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan.

McClintock, 30, was on his third combat tour of duty and is the first U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan in 2016.

“The death of any service member is tragic,” said Gov. Jay Inslee in a statement released Wednesday. “The death of one of our own is especially difficult to grasp. My thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sergeant McClintock’s friends and family, including his wife and infant son. He is a true American hero who stood up to protect his state and nation.”

Maj. Gen Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington National Guard, called McClintock “one of the best of the best.“

Daugherty said McClintock was a Green Beret “who sacrificed time away from his loved ones to train for and carry out these dangerous missions. “

McClintock was with the Washington National Guard since 2014 and joined after serving several years as an active-duty soldier. He deployed with the Washington National Guard’s A Co. 1/19th Special Forces Group in July 2015.

Some 350 members of the Washington National Guard are serving in locations around the world.

U.S. troops first deployed to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the post-9/11 attacks in 2001. The numbers of U.S. service members in Afghanistan have been sharply reduced in recent years as Afghans take on more of the fighting.

New reports indicate that McClintock was killed as he came under fire in the town of Marjah, where he served with Afghan Special Operations forces. Two other U.S. service members were wounded, and a U.S. medical evacuation helicopter was damaged as its rotor struck a compound wall, according to The New York Times.
SFC Matthew Quinn McClintock US Army
October 10, 1985 - January 5, 2016

SFC Matthew Q. McClintock, was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha 9115, A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Matthew McClintock was a native of Tacoma, WA, volunteered for military service and entered the Army in September, 2006 as an Infantryman. After One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA he was assigned to A Company, 2-7 Cavalry Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in March, 2007 as an Infantryman.
He deployed with A Company, 2-7 Cavalry Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division to Mosul, Iraq from March, 2007 to December, 2007. Upon returning he was part of the reflagging of4th Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division to 4th Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. Following Special Forces Assessment and Selection, he was assigned to 4th Student Battalion at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon graduating from the Special Forces course as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, he was assigned to ODA 1411, A Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group. He deployed on Joint Combined Exchange Training mission to Thailand and the Philippines. He deployed to Afghanistan from September 2012 to May 2013 as part of ODA 1411. He left active duty in August 2014. He joined the National Guard and was assigned to ODA 2315, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group until March 2015. He transferred from 20th Special Forces Group to ODA 9115, A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in March 2015.
Matthew McClintock's military education includes the Infantry One Station Unit Training, Airborne School, Special Forces Engineer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School, Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course, and HAZMAT course.
His awards and decorations include the Silver Star (Posthumous), Bronze Star (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutists Badge.
He is survived by his wife, Alexandra McClintock and son Declan McClintock of Tacoma, WA, his father and step-mother, George Burns (Sonny) & Rumi McClintock III, of Jacksonville, FL, his mother, Joyce Montoya-Helgesen, of Albuquerque, NM, and his brother, Kevin Williams, Grandparents, Gilbert Montoya and Cecilia Montoya. Aunt Georgia Montoya, Uncle Roman Montoya, Aunt and husband, Sarah (Jeff) Boyce of Chillicothe, OH, uncle and wife, John Robert (Susie) McClintock of Bidwell, OH, cousins: Marisa Montoya, Alex Montoya, Victor Serecerez, Mitchell McClintock, Bradley Cummings, and Vanessa Cummings. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents George Burns & Helen Maxine (Viers) McClintock, Jr.
Arrangements under the direction of Murphy Funeral Homes, Arlington, VA

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