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The Department of Defense has identified a soldier killed in Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Matthew Ammerman. He was 29.

Staff Sgt. Ammerman was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, based out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He died on December 3 in Zabul Province from a gunshot wound he received in combat during a clearing operation.

He joined the Army in 2004, deploying both to Iraq and Afghanistan before volunteering for Special Forces in 2012. He graduated in 2013 as a Special Forces communications sergeant. He also received a number of awards and medals, including the Special Forces and Ranger tabs.

His battalion commander, Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, spoke highly of him, and vowed to support his family.

“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.  He not only represented what we should all aspire to be, but he lived it,” Stoner said.

Staff Sgt. Ammerman is survived by his wife, Emily, and his brother, Anthony.

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