Matt was an active duty Airborne Cavalry Scout who was killed in action on August 20, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Matt was within 1 week of redeploying back to the states, and within 9 months of retiring after 21 years! He was my little brother!
My story is about my younger brother, SFC Matthew I. Leggett. Matt was my younger brother who followed his two older brothers in the military. I joined the United States Navy in 1989 and retired in 2009. My other brother, Ben, joined the United States Air Force in 1992 and was honorably discharged in 1995. Matt became a 19D Airborne. I say 19D first as being a Scout was it, anything else in the Army was second.
Matt completed two tours in Iraq and was finishing up his first tour in Afghanistan. He was with the XVIII Airborne Corps. Assigned as the NCOIC for driving details for VIP’s and other personnel, he routinely drove around Kabul and other areas within Afghanistan. Matt got respect from everyone, and he gave it as well. He told his drivers to treat locals as his or her family and discouraged road rage as Matt didn’t want to make more enemies on the road than there already was.
Matt was within a week of redeploying back to Fort Bragg and within nine months of retiring after 21 years of active duty service. He was killed in action on August 20, 2014 while on mission. Matt has two brothers, Rod and Ben Leggett. Two nieces, and a nephew who loved him very much. He survived also by his mother and father, Thomas Leggett, who himself served in the United States Navy during Vietnam.