Fort Riley, Kansas



'Black Lion' Soldier dies in Afghanistan

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | November 16, 2012

FORT RILEY, Kan. – A Soldier assigned to the "Big Red One" was killed by enemy forces Nov. 12 in Zerok, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, as an infantryman.

Stiltz arrived at Fort Riley in February 2006. This was his third deployment. He served two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Stiltz was posthumously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

To date, 206 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-4928 or e-mail