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Washington National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock is being remembered for his dedication to the country.

The 30-year-old Green Beret was killed in action in Afghanistan, Tuesday, on his third combat tour.

“The death of any service member is tragic,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. “The death of one of our own is especially difficult to grasp. My thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sergeant McClintock’s friends and family, including his wife and infant son. He is a true American hero who stood up to protect his state and nation. Trudi and I are deeply grateful for his service.”

McClintock joined the Washington National Guard in 2014 after several years as an active duty soldier.

The Washington National Guard called his death a “tough loss” for the organization and a harsh reminder that “ensuring freedom is not free.”


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