Transition Team Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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By: News Release Email

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Sgt. 1st Class Matthew L. Hilton, 37, died of wounds he suffered on June 26th near Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was traveling in struck an improvised explosive device and came under rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire.

Hilton was an Infantryman serving on a Military Transition Team assigned to
1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Livonia, Michigan. He
entered the Army in October 1989. He began serving with the 1st Inf. Div.
in February 2008.

To date, 152 Fort Riley service members have died while serving in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare
small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach,
mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.

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