Noblesville soldier killed in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman (Photo provided by 7th Special Forces Group)
Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman (Photo provided by 7th Special Forces Group)

The Dept. of Defense has announced that an Army staff sergeant from Noblesville was killed Dec. 3 while fighting in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the DOD’s website, Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province, Afghanistan from “wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation.”

Ammerman was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

“Staff Sgt. Matthew Ammerman was an exceptional Soldier in all regards. He showed himself to be a standout shortly after arrival in the unit and his efforts have made an impact on his unit and our mission. We, as a nation, are fortunate to have men like Matt,” said Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, commander of the 7th SFG(A)’s 3rd Battalion. “He not only represented what we should all aspire to be, but he lived it. His loss is a great blow and he will be missed and mourned by this unit. Our focus will be supporting his family in any way possible and ensuring that they are taken care of during this difficult process.”

Ammerman, a 2003 graduate of Ben Davis High School, joined the U.S. Army in July 2004 and attended advanced training at the U.S. Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Emily, of Crestview, Fla. and Anthony, his brother, of Noblesville.