Death of a 1st Cavalry Division Soldier

15th Sustainment Brigade
Story by Master Sgt. Nicholas Conner

Date: 10.11.2008
Posted: 10.11.2008 15:19
News ID: 24840
Death of a 1st Cavalry Division Soldier

By Master Sgt. Nicholas Conner
1st Cavalry Division

FORT HOOD, Texas – 1st Cavalry Division officials have released the name of a Soldier who was killed on Oct. 9, 2008, in an accident at the post's rail yard.

Pfc. Matthew Sandberg, 20, of Leadville, Colo. was ground guiding a military vehicle when he was crushed by a rack assembly. Fort Hood Emergency Services personnel responded to the accident, and Sandberg was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sandberg entered the military in October 2007. He was assigned to 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since March 2008, serving as a heavy vehicle driver for the battalion.

Sandberg was slated to go with his battalion to Iraq later this year. At the time of his death, he had just completed training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., in preparation for his upcoming deployment. While at NTC, Sandberg trained on combat logistics patrol operations, providing supplies to his fellow Soldiers.

His medals and awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his father.

The incident is under investigation.