WASHINGTON, D.C. (WISH) – An Army Staff Sergeant from Noblesville was killed Wednesday while fighting in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
According to the DOD’s website, Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Ammerman suffered from “wounds from a small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation.”
Officials said Ammerman was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
According to a press release from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ammerman joined the Army in July 2004. He deployed for the third time in late fall of this year.
“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,” said Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, Commander of the 7th SFG(A)’s 3rd Battalion. “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.”
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) says Ammerman is survived by his wife, Emily, of Crestview, Florida and Anthony, his brother, of Noblesville, Indiana.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence released the following statement Friday:
Today, Indiana mourns fallen Staff Sergeant Matthew R. Ammerman who lost his life this week defending the freedoms of this great nation. He is a true Hoosier hero in every sense of the word, and his courageous service and sacrifice will be remembered always. The First Lady and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and hold them in prayer during this difficult time.