Two special operations airman died early Wednesday in Afghanistan after being wounded when two men wearing Afghan security forces uniforms opened fire on them Tuesday, according to the 24th Special Operations Wing.

Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were wounded while at a vehicle checkpoint at Camp Antonik, a forward operating base in Helmand Province, according to a 24th SOW news release.

“The losses of Matt and Forrest are a terrible blow to everyone who knew them,” Col. Wolfe Davidson, 24th SOW commander, said in a news release. “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.”

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