Matthew D. Roland
Cause: KIA Afghanistan
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
24 December 1987 - 25 August 2015
Captain Matthew David Roland, age 27, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015. He was killed at a vehicle checkpoint at a forward operating base when two individuals wearing Afgan National Defense and Security Forces opened fire on him as well as SSgt Forrest B. Sibley. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters at Camp Antonik – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
He was a proud member of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL. He was born at Ellsworth AFB, SD on December 24, 1987. Being a member of a military family he lived at Dyess AFB,TX; Kirtland AFB, NM and Lexington, KY. He graduated at Lexington Catholic High School before entering the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO where he graduated in Class 2010. He graduated Combat Control School in Class 11-003, and Advanced Skills Training in Class 42.
Captain Roland is survived by his parents: Col. (Ret.) USAF Mark and Barbara Roland; sister: Erica Roland; niece: Willamina Roland; paternal grandparents: Dr. and Mrs. Earl Roland of Anderson, SC and maternal grandmother Rita Thomas of Louisville, KY. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Richard Baugh.
May he Rest in Peace .