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Matthew I Leggett

Ruskin, Florida

August 20, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
39 Army SFC

Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, when he was engaged by the enemy.

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From The Army Times armytimes.com 08/21/14

Fort Bragg-based SFC killed in Afghanistan combat
Aug. 21, 2014 - 06:00AM

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Leggett was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department reported.

Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died from “injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy” in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the DoD announcement.

He was an assistant operations sergeant assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The loss of Leggett is tragic, his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, said in a statement.

“Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Leggett was an exceptional noncommissioned officer and a valued member of our team,” Barton said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will never forget him.”

Leggett enlisted in the Army in May 1995. He arrived at Fort Bragg in August 2012. He served three combat tours of duty, according to information released by the corps.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Combat Action Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his parents, Thea Marie Kurz and Thomas Leggett.
From The Fay Observer fayobserver.com 08/21/14:

Fort Bragg soldier killed in knife attack in Afghanistan
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:51 pm | Updated: 2:38 pm, Wed Sep 3, 2014.
By Drew Brooks Military editor
A Fort Bragg soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Wednesday after being attacked in Kabul, according to the Department of Defense.
Leggett was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 18th Airborne Corps.
According to reports, Leggett was stabbed to death by an alleged low-level Taliban member who was later arrested and confessed to the crime.
The incident took place near the Kabul airport, which has a civilian side and a side that is used by NATO forces.
According to officials, Leggett was an assistant operations sergeant with ACompany.
His battalion commander said he was an exceptional noncommissioned officer and valued member of the team.
"The Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of 18th Airborne Corps has recently suffered the very tragic loss of a fellow Sky Dragon. We express our deepest condolences," said Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We will never forget him."
Leggett joined the Army in May 1995 and joined his company on Fort Bragg in August 2012.
The deployment to Afghanistan was his third to a combat zone.
He is survived by his parents, Thea Marie Kurz and Thomas Leggett.
Leggett's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal sixth award, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon third award, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the NATO ISAF Medal.

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