Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, volunteered for military service and entered the Army in September 2006 as an infantryman.
After One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to A Company, 2-7 Cavalry Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in March 2007 as an infantryman. He deployed with A Company, 2-7 Cavalry Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division to Mosul, Iraq from March 2007 to December 2007.
Upon returning he was part of the reflagging of 4th Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division to 4th Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. He was then assigned to A Company, 4-16 Infantry Battalion, 4 Brigade, 1st Armored Division.
Following Special Forces Assessment and Selection he was assigned to 4th Student Battalion at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon graduating from the Special Forces course, he was assigned to A Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed on Joint Combined Exchange Training missions to Thailand and the Philippines. He deployed to Afghanistan from September 2012 to May 2013. He deployed again to the Philippines from October 2013 to March 2014. He left active duty in August of 2014. He joined the National Guard, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) until March 2015. He transferred A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in March 2015.
McClintock’s military education includes the Infantry One Station Unit Training, Airborne School, Special Forces Engineer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School, Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller course, and Hazardous Material course.
His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutists Badge.
He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant 1st Class.