Sgt. 1st Class Matthew C. Lewellen

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew C. Lewellen

Three U.S. service members killed in Jordan Friday were Special Forces Soldiers from Fort Campbell. They have been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27.

The Green Berets reportedly came under fire as they were entering a Jordanian military base. The incident is currently under investigation.

 “We are saddened by the loss of our brothers, and we mourn along with the entire special operations community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their Families during this difficult time,” said Col. Kevin Leahy, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group.

Lewellen, a native of Kirksville, Kansas, had more than six years of service in the Army. He enlisted on Feb. 10 and attended Basic Training and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  After graduating as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell. He deployed three times, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingency operations overseas.

Lewellen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Lewellen also received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

McEnroe, a native of Tucson, Arizona, had more than eight years of service in the Army. He enlisted on April 17, 2008 and attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He later attended and graduated from the Basic Airborne Course Sept. 6, 2008, and then attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant Dec. 16, 2011. He deployed five times, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and other contingency operations.

McEnroe’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Diver Qualification Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Moriarty, a native of Kerrville, Texas, had more than five years of service to the Army. He enlisted on Sept. 13, 2011. He attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in May of 2012 and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course.  He graduated in December 2013 as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant.  Upon graduation, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell. He has deployed three times to the Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of contingency operations.  

Moriarty’s awards include the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Operations Diving Supervisor Badge.

Lewellen is survived by his parents, Cynthia and Charles Lewellen, sister, Danielle, brother, Andrew, and his wife Meredith of Kirksville, Missouri; and by Renee Laque.

McEnroe is survived by his mother, Linda Frost of Tucson, Arizona; his father Brian McEnroe of Bradenton, Florida; his two brothers, Nicholas and Christopher McEnroe of Nashville, Tennessee; and his fiancé, Kimberly Argo of Nashville.  

Moriarty is survived by his mother, Cindy Moriarty of Kerrville, Texas; his father, Jim Moriarty of Houston, Texas; and his sisters Rebecca and Melissa Moriarty of Houston.