Air Force Times
March 7, 2016
A special operations airman who died in Afghanistan this summer will posthumously receive the third-highest military combat decoration.
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were honored by Secretary Deborah Lee James at a state of the Air Force briefing Monday.
Capt. Matthew D. Roland will posthumously receive the Silver Star Air ForceSecretary Deborah Lee James announced March 7. (Photo: Air Force)
Roland and Sibley were killed in August after two men wearing Afghan security forces uniforms opened fire at a vehicle checkpoint at Camp Antonik, a forward operating base in Helmand Province.
"In their combined 12 years of service, Matt and Forrest deployed seven times. In addition to the Purple Hearts, Forrest earned five Bronze Stars, including one for Valor, and very, very soon, we will posthumously honor Matt's heroism with the Silver Star," James said.
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