Forrest B. Sibley
Cause: KIA Afghanistan
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Tuesday, August 26, 2015
21 October 1983 - 26 August 2015
Staff Sergeant Forrest Brent Sibley, age 31, was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015.
Forrest Sibley was born on October 21, 1983, in Louisiana, and grew up in Pensacola, Florida. Forrest graduated from Appalachian High School Oneonta, Alabama.
Forrest enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 18, 2008, and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in January 2009. He graduated from the Combat Control School in Class 09-005, and Advanced Skills Training Class 35. He was CCA Life Member 1345. After completing Combat Controller training, SSgt Sibley served as a Combat Controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, from December 2010 to December 2013. His next assignment was as a Combat Controller with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, from December 2013 to January 2015, followed by service as a Combat Controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field from January 2015 until he was killed in action at Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, on August 26, 2015.
Forrest 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 Captain Matthew D. Roland. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters at Camp Antonik – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
He was a four-time Bronze Star recipient, once with the Valor device, and had deployed four times to sensitive locations around the world in his nearly seven years of service.
He is survived by his parents of Pensacola, FL. Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 14 at the Freedom Hangar at Hurlburt Field. Forrest was laid to rest at Barrancas National Cemetery on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida on Wednesday, September 16 with full Military Honors.
May he Rest in Peace