Here's a toast...

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  1. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123457015

    Last week, a 2010 USAFA grad, Capt. Matthew Roland, and his aide, SSgt Forrest Sibley, were killed in action in Afghanistan by an insurgent posing as an Afghani soldier. Please keep both these heroes in your prayers. A new name will be going up on the memorial walls at Doolittle Hall and the Air Gardens.
     
  2. ebotterb3

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    So sad. What's even sadder is that I posted the article on my facebook page and it didn't get one like or comment. These men were somebody's family. They and their families are in my heart and prayers.
     
  3. Wild Blue Yonder

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    Rest in Peace fallen heroes.
    This is the ultimate sacrifice that many may not think about before getting their "free" education.
    This is serious business...
    Thanks to all that sign up to defend our freedoms. I am sincerely proud of all of them.
     
  4. greentrees

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    Capt Roland was a STO (Special Tactics Officer); SSgt Sibley was a CCT (Combat Controller) -- NOT his aide. CCT's 'are part of the Air Force's Special Operations team and are FAA-certified air traffic controllers. They operate in remote and sometimes hostile areas helping the Air Force accomplish its mission by directing air traffic and alerting pilots and command of the location of hostile forces on the ground.'
    No STO would ever call a CCT "an aide"
     
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    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    Pardon me, you are indeed correct--I was mistaken in my original post. My apologies for the error.
     
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    I too should apologize wildblueyonder. The Spec Ops community is very tight and they are hurting right now, (lost a TACP and CCT a few weeks earlier in a freefall jump accident in FL). DS is in that community. You hit a nerve suggesting SSgt Sibley was an aide, but you really meant well in spreading the word, and stating the fact that sadly a new name will be on the Memorial Wall. And I overreacted. Please accept my apology.
     
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  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Ease up a bit folks....
     
  8. USMCGrunt

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    Rank and community seldom define the real role and certainly don't define the man.

    God bless these two Americans and comfort their families.
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    A Toast...

    Capt Roland and SSgt Sibley were flown home by a fellow 2010 grad. The Air Force is a small place, in many ways.
     
  10. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    As raimius said, Matt was a classmate of ours. A toast...
     
  11. 2018DAD

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    What a sad honor it must have been to fly your classmate home! One side of me would be so proud and the other would hurt so much. Really drives home the point: USAFA is NOT your average college experience, Folks this stuff is for Real. God bless these two that gave their full measure of service to and for us and our Country.
     
  12. mikki

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    My heart aches for these fine men and for their families and friends and those they served with.
    It tears at me everytime I hear we are attacked by those who we are supposed to be helping or training. Will It ever end?
    How many more families will have to stand on the tarmac At Peterson Air Force Base waiting for their loved one to be brought home.

    How many more names will be added to the Memorial Wall On the Terrazzo, where the names are just not engraved in the marble, but are touched with families hands full of love and soaked in tears.

    God bless them, and thank them for the ultimate sacrifice.

    Greater love hath no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
    John 15:13.









     
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