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Age:   22
Hometown: Lucas, TX
Date of Death: 9/20/2009
Incident Location: Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait
 
Branch of Military:   Air Force
Rank: Senior Airman
Unit: 366th Security Forces Squadron
Unit's Base: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho

Matthew R. Courtois was a family man, whether he was chasing his two stepchildren, Shaundra and Kaden, or just hanging out with relatives and friends. "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 non-hostile incident at Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase in Kuwait. The military was investigating his death and didn''t release details. The 22-year-old was assigned to Idaho''s Mountain Home Air Force Base. 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 X-Box. 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.
Source: Associated Press
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