AIR COMMANDO 2 Roland, Matthew David

3 Commando Brigade
By Ewen Southby-Tailyour
SEAL Team: Roll Back
By Tim Bosiljevac

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Roland
  • FORENAME
Matthew David
  • UNIT
23 Special Tactics Squadron (24 Special Operations Wing)
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
  • DATE OF DEATH
26th August 2015
  • AGE
27
  • GRAVESITE
Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia Section 60 Site 11042
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Lexington,Kentucky
born 24.12.1987 Ellsworth Air Force Base,Rapid City,South Dakota
son of Mark (Colonel USAF,rtd) and Barbara (nee Baugh) Roland
attended Lexington Catholic High School
graduated USAF Academy 2010
special tactics officer
awards Bronze Star, Silver Star (posthumous)
KIA near Camp Antonik,Helmand Province,Afghanistan
 

DATE OF DEATH:

26-Aug-2015

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/roland-matthew-david.58164/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Captain Matthew D. Roland, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Special Tactics Officer, NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan, Operation FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, in support of Resolute Support Mission. On 26 August 2015, Captain Roland (23d Special Tactics Squadron), gave the last full measure to save the lives of his teammates at Camp Antonik, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Captain Roland was driving the lead vehicle of a Special Forces Convoy transiting through Afghan checkpoints en route to their camp from Bastion Airfield. When the Convoy reached the final checkpoint, one guard approached the left side of Captain Roland's vehicle while a second guard maneuvered toward a fortified position containing a belt-fed machine gun. As the first guard came within five feet of the bus, he began to raise his weapon. Without hesitation and with no regard to his own safety, Captain Roland yelled "Insider Attack, Insider Attack!" while keying his radio to alert all convoy members. Simultaneously, Captain Roland reversed his vehicle away from the gunman to protect his vehicle occupants. The gunman's first rifle burst tore through the front of the vehicle, killing Captain Roland instantly, but his warning to the other personnel in his convoy afforded them precious time to react. His passengers were able to take cover and draw their weapons. Neutralizing both gunmen and limiting the number of friendly casualties, Captain Roland's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan, and the United States Air Force.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/350261

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151306253/matthew-david-roland
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