SENIOR AIRMAN MATTHEW R. COURTOIS
US AIR FORCE
Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois,
22, of Lucas, Texas, an Eagle Scout, graduate of the Allen
School Class of 2005, had already served one tour of duty in Iraq when, attached
to the 366th Security
Forces Squadron, based out of
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, he died 20 September, 2009
as a result of a
Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait.
Airman from Lucas died over the weekend in a "non-hostile"
incident in Kuwait.
By Danny Gallagher,
September 22, 2009 6:24 PM CDT
Sr. Airman Matthew R. Courtois, 22, of Lucas died Sunday "as a result of a
non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase" in Kuwait. Courtois
served under the 366th Security Forces Squadron of the Mountain Home Air
Force Base in Idaho, according to a released statement.
Master Sgt. Drew Leonhard of the Mountain Home Air Force Base said the
incident that led to Courtois' death is currently under investigation by
an investigation board and he could not release any details surrounding
"It may be awhile before there is (further information released),"
Leonhard said. "The investigation board can take up to 30 days."
Col. James. S. Browne, commander of the Mountain Home Air Force Base,
offered his condolences to Courtois' family.
"Airman Courtois was a valued member of our Gunfighter team," Browne said
in a released statement. "Matthew's passing is a huge loss for Mountain
Home Air Force Base and the Air Force. Our condolences go out to the
family and friends of the Courtois'."
Courtois was on his second deployment to the region after arriving at the
Mountain Home Air Force Base in July of 2007. Courtois, a native of Lucas,
attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in December of
2006 after graduating from high school. He headed to the technical school
at the Lackland base for the "Security Forces Apprentice Course" and
reported to the Mountain Home Base in Idaho in June of 2007. He served as
a security forces patrolman as part of the Security Forces Alpha Flight,
366th Security Forces Squadron, according to military records released by
the Mountain Home base.
Courtois was deployed to the Bucca Air Force Base in Iraq as part of
Operation Iraqi Freedom on June 10, 2007 where he served a full tour of
duty until Feb. 10, 2008. He returned to the region as a response force
leader and redeployed to Kuwait on July 25 in continuing support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to military records.
MOUNTAIN HOME NEWS
Monday, September 21, 2009
BASE AIRMAN DIES IN KUWAIT
Wing Airman died Sept. 20 while deployed to southwest Asia. Senior Airman
Matthew R. Courtois, 366th Security Forces Squadron, died as a result of
non-combat related injuries while on duty at Abdullah al Mubarak Air Base
in Kuwait. The base is located at Kuwait International Airport. he airman
was on his second deployment to southwest Asia since arriving at the base
in July 2007. Mountain Home AFB was his first duty station. He was one of
dozens of security forces airmen that left Mountain Home as part of a
standard six-month tour of duty to various bases throughout southwest
Asia. Security forces units are typically some of the most heavily tasked
in the Air Force and assigned throughout the war zones. Airman Courtois,
22, of Lucas, Texas, is survived by his wife, Cheyenne, and two
as a family man
The Associated Press
Matthew R. Courtois was a family man, whether he was chasing his two
stepchildren, Shaundra and Kaden, or just hanging out with relatives and
“He always carried a smile and determined to get the job done,” colleague
Johannes Dias wrote in an online memorial, adding that the two had
deployed together to Iraq.
Courtois, of Lucas, Texas, died Sept. 20 — a week before his three-month
wedding anniversary — after a nonhostile incident at Abdullah Al Mubarak
Airbase, Kuwait. The military was investigating his death and didn’t
release details. The 22-year-old was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force
The son of Steve and Sue Courtois, he was born in Arizona and grew up in
Lucas. He attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas, and joined the Air
Force in January 2006.
Courtois, an Eagle Scout, loved being outdoors, building fires and
shooting or playing paintball. He also enjoyed singing karaoke and playing
video games on an Xbox. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.
Courtois is also survived by his wife, Cheyenne; a brother, John; and two
sisters, Carrie and Amy.
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