The remains of a Michigan native killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S., the Air Force said Sunday.
Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana confirmed that the body of Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz of Traverse City had been flown to the Dover, Del., Air Force Base. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday.
Sgt. Schwartz, 34, and two others died Thursday when an improvised explosive device, or IED, hit their vehicle in Helmand province, the Defense Department said.
Sgt. Schwartz, who was on his sixth deployment, was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. He was a 1996 graduate of Traverse City Central High School with 12 years in the Air Force.
Those at Traverse City Central were “saddened by his death” and “proud that he was a Trojan,” principal Rick Vandermolen said. Sgt. Schwartz’s name is to be engraved on a bench in a memorial garden at the school, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
Also killed in the attack were Senior Airman Bryan Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa., of the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Airman 1C Matthew Seidler, 24, of Westminster, Md., of the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
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