Peterson Airman Killed In Afghanistan

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

An airman out of Peterson Air Force Base was killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler, 24, was one of three killed Thursday when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. The three airmen, all in the Air Force, were in the Shir ghazi, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Seidler entered active duty in 2009 and was assigned to the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, where he was an explosive ordinance disposal technician.

“This is a tragic day for Team Pete, the 21st Space Wing, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron and especially for Matt’s family,” Col. Chris Crawford, 21st SW commander, said in a statement. “We will come together to help Matt’s family and friends through their grief.”

Tech Sgt. Amanda Callahan said that Seidler was unmarried, and that most of his family appeared to live in Maryland, where he was from.

"The pride we'll feel when we see Matt's name on the EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin will not extinguish the sorrow we feel from his loss," Lt. Col. Mark Donnithorne, 21st CES commander, said. "We'll never forget Matt's sacrifice and dedication to his critical, yet dangerous, mission.

At this time, a memorial service has not been announced.


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  • by Mrs. D Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Thank you to all military members,their families and the retired for all of the sacrifices you make each day. It is because of you that we have the freedoms that we have and the safety and security to sleep at night. Matt was way too young to die, this young man always had a smile on his face and yes he was sarcastic - that is what made him part of the team. We will miss you!
  • by infantry vet Location: ellicot on Jan 8, 2012 at 09:33 PM
    MY HEART MIND AND SOUL ARE WITH THIS AIRMAN, HIS FAMILY, AND EVERY ONE THAT KNEW AND SERVED HIM
  • by Candice on Jan 8, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    How heartbreaking! My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved you. God bless and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Your country loves you, too.
  • by V Location: CS on Jan 8, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    It's always sad when a young life is lost, particularly one of our brightest. Rest in peace airman.
  • by Skiergrl Location: Peyton on Jan 8, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    My condolences to the family of this young man. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
  • by Maria Location: Springs on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:49 PM
    God bless you, young Airman. May you find comfort in the ever lasting love of our Savior. You are a true hero and will forever be cherished even by those of us who never met you. My prayers to your family.
  • by Mcguire12 on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    I went to basic with Matt, He was good person and Kind hearted. Sarcastic at times, but he loved his country and would do anything for it.. Rip buddy
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    In my work I interact with some of the Airmen in the EOD. In this group of people, as your learn their story, is where you find heros that are brave, brave, brave, and give selfless service to this country. They love with they do. They train and drill every day. They are injured, heal, injured again, heal again and go back in spite of the death that occurs in their faces. The missions can be argued by those that know very little but I can say without all the facts don't point a finger. Thankfully the force is voluntary. The volunteer approach is a great way to keep the less brave at home and out of the way of the fight for freedom. Stand tall EOD! I salute you every day!
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      by P@y B@#k on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:57 PM in reply to
      Just because they volunteer that does not mean they are brave. Just look at some of the older NCO's in the 302nd at Peterson AFB in that Maintenance unit.
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        by MickeyD on Jan 7, 2012 at 04:00 PM in reply to P@y B@#k
        This has NOTHING to do with the 302nd, and EVERYTHING to do with A1C Matthew Seidler!!! Don't discredit this young man's sacrifice, by STUPID comments!!!!
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          by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM in reply to MickeyD
          I would love to buy you a beer, MickeyD....and P@y B@#k, f*** off. Never compare EOD to any other job in the military. I am an EOD tech with friends who are SEALs, Rangers, PJ's, and CCTs that would never do our job.
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          by Youareatroll on Jan 8, 2012 at 08:53 AM in reply to MickeyD
          This Airman's death cannot be discredited by anyone's comment. He served honorably. Nothing can take that from what he did while he was on this planet. He is beyond any comments, good or bad. By the way, as far as people not wanting your job, well, I wouldn't want to be a garbage man or plumber but it doesn't necessarily mean is the greater or the lessor.
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      by Theresa on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:05 PM in reply to
      Well said!
  • by Bradman on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    RIP Airman. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
    Let us not be sad that these men died, but be glad they lived.
  • by jazzcat on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    Thanks for the non sequitur, Anonymous. We await further pearls of wisdom from you...
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      by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to jazzcat
      They keep signing up. It's nice to comment on the political system that kills them. It's nice to portray them as victims who had no choice but they sign up. You expect the politicians to change things knowing they won't but they keep signing up. This won't happen to you if you don't sign up.
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        by JoeF on Jan 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to
        But please, let's all give humble thanks that they do sign up. . .
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        by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 at 02:25 PM in reply to
        It's not the political system that kills us. It's the f-ing IED's. We sign up because we WANT to go. We all know the risk involved. Our job isn't for everyone, but the very few of us who are EOD love it. Do not consider us victims, we don't.
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