Sibley, Forrest B., SSgt
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1T0X1-Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Operations
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Last Unit
2015-2015, 1C2X1, 21st Special Tactics Squadron
Service Years
2008 - 2015
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1983
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pensacola
Last Address
Camp Antonik, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 26, 2015
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Global War on Terror
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Combat Control Team Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Pararescuer


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 Unit Assignments
720th Special Tactics Group23rd Special Tactics Squadron24th Special Tactics Squadron21st Special Tactics Squadron
  2008-2015, 1C2X1, 720th Special Tactics Group
  2010-2013, 1C2X1, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron
  2013-2015, 1C2X1, 24th Special Tactics Squadron
  2015-2015, 1C2X1, 21st Special Tactics Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2008-2015 Global War on Terror
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Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters.

HURBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Two special tactics Airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26.

Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters.

“The losses of Matt and Forrest are a terrible blow to everyone who knew them,” said Col. Wolfe Davidson, the 24th Special Operations Wing commander. “These two combat controllers were incredible warriors who not only volunteered to join our nation's special operations forces, but earned their way to the tip of the spear in defense of our nation.”

Roland was a special tactics officer at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron here. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2010. Upon completing the rigorous STO training program in 2012, he was a team leader who supervised real-world combat preparedness training of a 35-member team. He deployed three times in his five years of service to multiple locations around the globe. He is survived by his parents.

Sibley was a combat controller at the 21st STS, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. He was a four-time Bronze Star medal recipient, once with the valor device, and he deployed four times to sensitive locations around the world in his nearly seven years of service. He is survived by his parents.

Due to their extensive special operations training, both were military qualified static line jumpers, free fall jumpers, combat scuba divers and qualified in joint terminal attack control.

Special tactics Airmen integrate, synchronize, control air and space power to enable global access, precision strike and personnel recovery for special operations.

“The risks that these men and their teammates endured in combat and in training are all too well known to the special tactics community, but it does not make this great loss any easier to bear,” Davidson said. “We will honor Matt and Forrest for the legacy they left behind, embrace their families as our own, and thank them eternally for their ultimate sacrifice for American freedom."

The 21st and 23rd STS fall under the 720th Special Tactics Group, 24th SOW, the only wing solely dedicated to special tactics in the Air Force.

Tuesday, August 26, 2015
21 October 1983 - 26 August 2015 
Staff Sergeant Forrest Brent Sibley, age 31, was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015. 
 
Forrest Sibley was born on October 21, 1983, in Louisiana, and grew up in Pensacola, Florida.  Forrest graduated from Appalachian High School Oneonta, Alabama. 
 
Forrest enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 18, 2008, and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in January 2009.  He graduated from the Combat Control School in Class 09-005, and Advanced Skills Training Class 35. He was CCA Life Member 1345.  After completing Combat Controller training, SSgt Sibley served as a Combat Controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, from December 2010 to December 2013. His next assignment was as a Combat Controller with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, from December 2013 to January 2015, followed by service as a Combat Controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field from January 2015 until he was killed in action at Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, on August 26, 2015.
 
Forrest was killed at a vehicle checkpoint at a forward operating base when two individuals wearing Afgan National Defense and Security Forces opened fire on him as well as Captain Matthew D. Roland. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters at Camp Antonik – Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 
 
He was a four-time Bronze Star recipient, once with the Valor device, and had deployed four times to sensitive locations around the world in his nearly seven years of service.
 
   
Comments/Citation
Forrest Sibley was born on October 21, 1983, in Louisiana, and grew up in Pensacola, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 18, 2008, and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in January 2009. After completing Combat Controller training, SSgt Sibley served as a Combat Controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, from December 2010 to December 2013. His next assignment was as a Combat Controller with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, from December 2013 to January 2015, followed by service as a Combat Controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field from January 2015 until he was killed in action at Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, on August 26, 2015. Forrest Sibley was buried at Barrancas National Cemetery on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

His 2nd Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

Senior Airman Forrest B. Sibley distinguished himself by heroism as a Combat Controller, 23d Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component Afghanistan, while engaged in ground combat against an enemy of the United States from 19 December 2012 to 21 December 2012. During this period, Airman Sibley served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller for an Army Special Forces Team. His team was conducting a combined large scale and high risk mission with Afghan Commandos in a key valley in central Kunar Province. Throughout the three day operation, while consistently under fire, Airman Sibley controlled 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Throughout three separate troops in contact situations, he was responsible for the expenditure of 6,000 pounds of ordinance, over 6,500 rounds of fixed and rotary wing munitions, and 24 high explosive rockets. During the most intense firefight, Airman Sibley was pinned down with his teammates and being engaged from three fortified enemy locations within 200 meters. While rounds peppered his position and rocket propelled grenades impacted within 10 feet, he repeatedly came out from behind cover to mark enemy positions and engage with his personal weapon while simultaneously de-conflicting and controlling up to 18 aircraft overhead. All the while, he was directing gun runs from both fixed and rotary attack aircraft laying down fire in danger close range to his and other friendly locations. In total, he provided terminal attack guidance for 36 separate air to ground engagements and was responsible for 16 enemy fighters killed in action. By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty, Airman Sibley has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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