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CWO3 Matthew G. Wagstaff was flying the Blackhawk that went down Tuesday in southern Afghanistan. The 34-year-old Orem High School graduate was among nine service members, including five with the 101st Airborne, killed in the crash near the town of Qatal in Zabul province, according to Fort Campbell spokesman Rick Rzepka. The 101st Airborne is stationed at the Kentucky base. The soldiers were aboard an International Security Assistance Force helicopter, he said. The Taliban controls much of the territory in the area, and coalition forces recently stepped up efforts to push it out
Assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Wagstaff was a 10-year Army veteran on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. During his time in the Army, Wagstaff served three tours of duty, including one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Brock said Wagstaff was in more of an administrative role at first, so he was excited to be flying in his latest tour, which he left for in March.
Wagstaff was a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot assigned to Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Wagstaff entered the Army in January 2002 and arrived at Fort Campbell in May 2007.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal and Army Aviator Badge.
Thank you CWO3 Matthew G. Wagstaff for your awesome courage, for the many lives you helped to save and for laying down your own life to ensure the Freedom and safety of your fellow countrymen. May your loved ones find peace in God’s grace and comfort in your heroism.
On behalf of the Officers and legionnaires of Orem's Post 72, we offer our condolences to the Reams family. Jim was a good Friend and supporter of the veterans in the city.He will be missed by all who knew him.
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Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen
Relatives say a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan fulfilled his dream of serving in the military.
Funeral services for Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen, 21, were held March 13 in Salem. He was killed March 4 when he stepped on a hidden bomb in Helmand province, according to his mother, Kim Olsen.
“He died protecting the rights and freedoms of this great nation,” she said.
Olsen graduated from Mountain View High School in 2007 and enlisted in the Marines a week later. An Eagle Scout, Olsen was always interested in the military and loved to wear fatigues and face paint when he was growing up.
“Nigel has been reassigned, and only a select few Marines get this honor,” said Stacy Hansen, Olsen’s sister. “He knew what he wanted to do at the age of 3. He had a dream, and he lived it to the fullest.”
Olsen was based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and deployed to Afghanistan in October. He was in the same battalion as Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon, 19, of Orem, who was killed March 1 in the same area of Afghanistan.
Olsen’s funeral ended with the congregation singing “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Lining the streets the mile to the cemetery were hundreds of American flags, each with a Boy Scout saluting next to it.
Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon
He died March 1, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon, 19, was a quiet, respectful young man who loved '70s rock music and trucks and who knew the dangers of service in Afghanistan.
"He understood what it was all about," said Aragon's stepfather, Brad Halliday. "Before he left on his final deployment, he said, 'Dad, whatever happens, it's in the Lord's hands. If he wants me 434to come home, I'll come home.' "
Aragon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but came to Orem as a young boy and remained there until he graduated from Mountain View High School in 2008.
Teachers at Mountain View High School remember Aragon as a quiet, friendly student who stood out because of unruly brown hair that hung down to his shoulders. The school is planning a moment of silence to honor Aragon.
Robert Gardner, who was the bishop in Aragon's Orem LDS ward, said Aragon was a good example. "He was just a great friend. He really inspired a lot of his friends to do what is right," Gardner said.
Honors for Aragon came from the Utah Senate, where at the start of Wednesday's session, senators observed a moment of silence in his memory at the request of Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. ov. Gary Herbert issued a statement honoring Aragon: "The state of Utah will never forget this young Marine, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Afghanistan. His selfless and faithful service is an example to all of us.
Aragon was hoping to make the trip after returning from his schooling as a light armored vehicle mechanic for the Marine Corps. But within weeks of the end of his training, the reservist's unit was called into the fight in Afghanistan. Now the hoped-for journey is over.
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