|Master Sgt. Shawn E. Simmons
United States Army
KIA 28 June 2008
MASTER SGT. SHAWN E. SIMMONS
Died on June 28, 2008
Operation Enduring Freedom
Master Sgt. Shawn E. Simmons, 39, died as a result of a non battle accident on June 28, near
KhosrowE Sofla, in the Arghandab District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, in support of combat
operations while serving with Company A, 1 st Battalion, 7 th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2008 as a member of the Combined
Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan. This was his second deployment in support of
the Global War on Terror and second deployment to Afghanistan.
Simmons, a native of Ashland, Mass., volunteered for military service and entered the Army in
February 1992 as a power generation equipment repairer. In 1995 he was assigned to the 307 th
Forward Maintenance Company at Fort Bragg, N.C. In May 1997 he began the Special Forces
Qualification Course and he earned the coveted “Green Beret” in 1999 and was assigned to
1 st Bn., 7 th SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha engineer
sergeant. He left 7 th SFG(A) in 2005 to become an instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special
Warfare Center and School. He returned to 1st Bn.,7th SFG(A) in Dec. 2007.
Simmons’ military education includes; the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic
Noncommissioned Officer Course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Ranger Course, Survival,
Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Military Freefall Parachutist Course, Basic Airborne
Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Instructor Training
Course and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation
Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good
Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military
Freefall Parachutist Badge Jumpmaster, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist
Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab.
Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
Simmons is survived by his wife, Tricia, daughter, Erin and son, Justin, of Hope Mills, N.C.; and
mother Alberta Simmons, of Tallahassee, Fla
July 25, 2008
SSG Kevin Mutch
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Simmons Family. I
met shawn a few times in the SF community. He was a great man.
America,His family, and everybody that knew him has lost a true patriot. He
will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE will meet again brother.
SSG Mutch Kevin
July 5, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
Special Forces Master Sergeant Shawn E. Simmons, 39, of Ashland, Massachusetts.
Christmas in Arlington...
Rest easy, sleep well my brother, Shawn.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell....