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Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, died on Nov. 23, after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting a mounted patrol in the Afghan city of Pashay Kala, in support of combat operations while serving with, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2009 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War on Terror. He also served on a deployment to Iraq with 5th SFG. He was a Special Forces intelligence sergeant.
Pucino a native of Hudson, Boston, Mass., and enlisted into the U.S. Army 2002 as a Special Forces candidate. He then went on to complete the Special Forces Qualification Course and earn the coveted “Green Beret” as a Special Forces engineer sergeant. He was assigned to 5th SFG, Fort Campbell, Kentucky before leaving active duty to become an Army National Guard Soldier assigned to 2nd Bn., 20th SFG.
Pucino’s military education includes the Warrior Leader’s Course, Basic NCO Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, non-commissioned officer professional development ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.
Pucino is survived by his wife Crystal of Clarksville, Tenn., Mother Katherine and Albert of Orlando Fla. and Sister Lisa Haglof, Sagamore, Mass.
- DE OPPRESSO LIBER –
Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.
Blue Skies Brother.......
Link up with ya on the other side of the OBJ...
RIP SSG Pucino, Vaya con Dios..
Rest Easy Brother, Blue Skies...................
Rest in peace, brother.
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Rest In Peace SSG Pucino!!
Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice!!!!
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
...improvised explosive device...
Damn them all to Hell! RIP, Sergeant. :(
Rest in Peace and thanks for going over.
Rest in Peace Staff Sergeant Pucino
Rest in Peace Staff Sergeant Pucino. Thank you for your service.
Rest In Peace
Rest in peace Warrior. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Rest in peace brother.
Rest in Peace, SSG. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten.
RIP Thank You for your sacrafice
Rest in Peace, Warrior ........................:(
Rest in peace Staff Sergeant Pucino. We lost another good man. :(
All Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians:
It is with a heavy heart that I must report to you of a combat death of one of our fellow Maryland National Guardsmen. SSG Matthew A. Pucino, of Cockeysville, Md., was killed in action November 23, 2009, in Pashay Kala, Afghanistan. He was assigned to our B Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Glen Arm, Md.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pucino family during this most difficult time. It is impossible for most of us to understand the emotional turmoil they must be going through. We ask our Soldiers and Airmen to perform dangerous jobs on a daily basis. The loss of one of our own is always very difficult, and very little can be said to ease the pain, but we will always remember Staff Sgt. Pucino’s dedication to our nation as we honor his service and sacrifice.
BG James A. Adkins
The Adjutant General
Rest in Peace
R.I.P. SSG. and THANK YOU.
Rest in Peace.
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti Amen.
In pace requiescat SSG Pucino.
Rest in Peace Warrior, Always Missed and Never Forgotten. God bless you and those you left behind.
Matt was a hell of a guy, for sure the best among us. The world is less for his loss.
Rest in peace Brother.
Rest in peace and thank you for your sacrifice. May God restore peace and hope to those you leave behind.
Rest in Peace.
A Hero called back to the bosom of the Lord...Travel fast and low SSG Pucino...
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
FYI - SSG Matt Pucino Funeral with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery will be Friday December 11, 2009 at 0900hours.
SSG Pucino was a former member of B Company. Myself, the Company Sergeant Major and a few others from the unit plan to be there. We will be in Class A uniform is appropriate. His unit is deployed, and thus most can't be there.
20th SFGA FSG will provide specific information on location within Arlington once it is available. No visitation with the family is planned or expected at
Arlington. The burial is open to all who wish to attend with the exception
of media per request of the family. Spouse is still planning to attend burial at Arlington.
More to Follow
RIP SSG Pucino, May God Bless and Keep you always.
RIP Staff Sgt.
It was a beautiful ceremony; on a cold, clear morning on that hallowed ground. The Old Guard did the Army proud and the SF Regiment was well represented. It was heart warming to once again stand among brothers; it has been far too long. His mother will be in my prayers for a long time to come. Rest in Peace Soldier.
I agee, It was great to see so much support among the community. The Old Guard was impressive and did a professional job. My wife said it was an experience that she will always remember. Matt will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Nov 23, 2009) — A U.S. Army Special Forces National Guard Soldier was killed Nov. 23 as a result of an improvised explosive device strike to his all-terrain vehicle, while conducting a combat patrol in the vicinity of Pashay Kala, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, was fatally wounded when he encountered an IED in the course of conducting a routine patrol. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha intelligence sergeant assigned to, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Glen Arm, Md.
Pucino is survived by his parents Albert and Kathryn Pucino of Orlando Fla., and sisters Lisa Haglof of Sagamore, Mass. and Melissa Pucino, Plymouth, Mass.
I was fortunate enough to meet Matt this past January during a train up for a contract. He came to Fayetteville right after he returned from Iraq and spoke with us about the challenges we were facing down range and what to expect. When I got into country, everyone I encountered there (both fellow contractors and Soldiers) had nothing but great things to say about Matt and his work ethic. The little I talked with Matt, you could easily sense his determination to win this important battle. The man had done the job to the best of his ability, in and out of uniform. He will truly be missed. He was a real warrior.
BLACKBEARD’S RIDE: Motorcycle Run In Memory Of Local Hero Will Benefit Wounded Soldiers
WickedLocal-Plymouth, 6 Jul 2011
When Green Beret units go into the field, members of the Special Forces teams create call signs to protect their identities.
SSG Matthew Pucino, a West Plymouth native, was known as Blackbeard, in part, for the bandanas he wore to keep sweat from his eyes.
“He could also grow a beard in about three hours,” his sister, Lisa Haglof of Sagamore, said with a laugh.
Friends and family will remember the fallen hero this weekend with Blackbeard’s Ride, a 30-mile motorcycle run from Buzzards Bay to West Plymouth that will benefit wounded soldiers.
The ride starts at Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street in Buzzards Bay at 11 a.m. this Saturday (July 9) and ends at noon with a barbecue at the Plymouth VFW on Seven Hill Road in West Plymouth.
Pucino, who grew up on Dartmouth Road in West Plymouth, died Nov. 23, 2009, while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Post Office Will Be Named After Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan
WickedLocal-Cape Cod, 20 Oct 2011
The Sagamore Beach Post Office at MeetingHouse Lane will be renamed in memory of a Green Beret who was killed in Afghanistan during his third tour of duty.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the name change, and the post office will be re-named after Matthew Pucino, who grew up in Bourne, Plymouth and Cotuit and graduated from Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth in 1993.
He was the son of retired State Trooper Albert and Kathryn Pucino of Orlando, Fla.
The Matthew A. Pucino Post Office is at 45 MeetingHouse Lane. The full Senate is scheduled to approve the name change this week.
Great follow up story...excellent
Great follow up story...excellent