Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today honored the life and service of Captain Matthew D. Roland of Lexington who was killed while serving in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015. Roland was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and the United States Airforce Academy. He served as an officer in the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.
Remarks as prepared:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a true American hero, U.S. Air Force Captain Matthew D. Roland, from Lexington, Kentucky. Captain Roland gave his life in service to his country when he was killed in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015.
Captain Roland graduated in 2006 from Lexington Catholic High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and ran cross country.
He was recognized as a born leader, motivated and dedicated to all that he did, demonstrated by his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in high school. He earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 2010.
Captain Roland was an officer in the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron. He deployed three times in his five years of service, serving in many locations around the world.
The tragic loss of this brave man is felt by all who knew him. Along with a grateful nation, I honor his legacy, embrace his family, and say thank you for his ultimate sacrifice for American freedom.
Thank you and I yield back the remaining balance of my time.