Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana.
Died on December 3, 2014 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan after suffering a gunshot wound he sustained in combat during a clearing operation.
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
He joined the Army in July 2004 and was deployed in 2006 to Iraq, where he served 14 months. In 2009, he was sent to Afghanistan for 12 months, serving as an an assistant gunner, fire team leader and squad leader.
Two years later, he was stationed at Fort Steward, Ga., where he served as a senior sniper and squad leader with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. He volunteered for Special Forces in 2012, graduated in 2013 as a Special Forces communications sergeant and was assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th SFG (A) in July 2014. He deployed in late fall of 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was a decorated hero, earning numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. Additionally, he received the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.