Spokane soldier killed in Afghanistan

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane soldier has been killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense confirms that Sergeant Matthew Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, died on Nov. 12 of wound suffered when his unit was attacked by indirect fire.

Stiltz was serving with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kan. at the time of his death.

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His battalion, nicknamed the "Black Lions," deployed to Paktika Province, Afghanistan in early June. He is the fourth soldier in his unit killed in action since they deployed to Afghanistan.

Prior to his current deployment he served in Iraq between 2007 and 2008, according to his MySpace profile.

Stiltz married his wife Brooke, who is also a soldier, in 2009. He is a 2005 graduate of Shadle Park High School. His family lives here in Spokane while he and his wife lived off-base in Manhattan, Kan.

Kristin Stiltz, Matthew's sister, said that her brother loved the military and spent his last year in high school at Shadle Park getting ready to serve and left for basic training right after he graduated.

Kristin said she kept in contact with her brother and members of his unit. His fellow soldiers told her that Matthew was a true hero and a brave and true man and they are honored to have served with him.

An Army public information officer said that Stitlz was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

Sgt. Stiltz's parents and his wife Brooke are at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware picking him up Tuesday. They plan to bring him home to Spokane on Wednesday.

A memorial is being planned for Stiltz at the Shiloh Hills Fellowship Church in North Spokane.