August 24, 2016
Release Number 20160824-23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. – Gen. Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Central Command Commander, released the following statement today:
"Our CENTCOM family is deeply affected by the death of Army Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during dismounted operations."
"On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Central Command, I extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and Sgt. Thompson's fellow service members, as well as gratitude for his selfless and honorable service to our Nation."