Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew G. Wagstaff

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew G. Wagstaff

Died September 21, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

34, of Orem, Utah; assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Sept. 21 in Qalat, Afghanistan, in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash during combat operations in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A Black Hawk helicopter pilot from Orem has been killed in southern Afghanistan.
The Defense Department said 34-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Matthew G. Wagstaff died in a crash that also killed four other members of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. NATO said there were no reports of enemy fire at the time in the province where the helicopter went down Sept. 21.
Wagstaff could have been one of the two pilots at the controls, but military officials say that’s still uncertain. Wagstaff’s family says he was routinely flying helicopters on his third combat tour overseas. He served once in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan.
Wagstaff is survived by his wife, Tiffany. He was a graduate of Orem High School and Utah State University.
One of deadliest days in war for 101st Airborne
By Jake Lowary

The Associated Press

With a smile on his face, Matthew Wagstaff’s college roommate remembers when the burly, future chief warrant officer once showed off his moves during Madonna’s “Vogue.”
Greg Butler said that after a couple of beers, the 6-foot-4 Wagstaff did his best impression of the pop star as the song played at a Utah State University dance.
Years later, the memory still draws laughter from Wagstaff’s friends.
“Beneath a tough exterior, he had a gentle and kind heart,” longtime friend Pat Hoggan said.
Wagstaff, 34, of Orem, Utah, died Sept. 21 in a helicopter crash that also killed four other members of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell.
He was a graduate of Orem High School and Utah State University, where he earned a degree in Aerospace Technologies.
His father said his passions included football and flying, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“He played football with everything he had,” Ron Wagstaff said. “And he was one of those rare people who has a dream as a child and then makes it come true. He became a pilot.”
Matthew Wagstaff leaves behind his wife, Tiffany, whom he married in January.


  1. Tiffany Wagstaff

    To My Husband and the Love of My Life,

    Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice for our country, but more than anything, thank you for being the man that you are, for making me smile, for making me feel safe, and for loving me more than anything in the world. I love and miss you so much, and wish our life together was not over. I will always cherish and love you forever.

    I love you, by the way…

  2. Thank you for being such an extraordinary son. You brought so much joy to my life and helped me become the mother that I am today. I remember every moment, from the moment you took your first breath (which was such a struggle after a very long labor), to the moment I had to welcome you home in Dover. I thank God everyday for the blessing he gave me, you. I was so proud of you and had so much pride watching you grow into such an amazing man. I smiled from the moment I first saw you and though you’re not physically here with us, I smile whenever I see a rainbow, a beautiful sunrise, or a colorful sunset, or site on the Harley Davidson trike we talked so much about, because I feel your presence everytime.

    I love you my son past, present, future, FOREVER!!!

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