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Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Killed in Afghanistan

By Kirk Mitchell The Denver Post  January 7, 2012

A 24-year-old airman who had been stationed at Peterson Air Force Base was one of three service men killed Thursday after an improvised explosive device blew up, authorities said.

Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, who is from Westminster, Md., was serving in southern Afghanistan when he was killed, according to a Peterson Air Force Base news release.

Seidler, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom​.

He and the other two men were part of a road clearance team in the Helmand province when their vehicle was struck by the road-side bomb, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Also killed by the bomb were Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa. He was assigned to the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, 34, of Traverse City, Mich., assigned to the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

“This is a tragic day for Team Pete, the 21st Space Wing​, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron and especially for Matt’s family,” said Col. Chris Crawford, 21st SW commander. “We will come together to help Matt’s family and friends through their grief.”

Lt. Col. Mark Donnithorne, 21st CES commander, said Seidler’s fellow soldiers will never forget his sacrifice and dedication to his “critical, yet dangerous, mission.”

Seidler, 24, entered active duty in November 2009.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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January 7, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices, ISAF | , , , , , , , , ,

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