Remembering today and always, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Matthew Paul Ruffner, who made the ultimate sacrifice on April 9, 2013, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
CW3 Matt P. Ruffner was assigned to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. He died April 9, 2013, in the Pachir Wa Agam District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed.
CW3 Ruffner was formerly from Level Green, PA. He was a 1997 graduate of London High School in London, Ohio. He graduated in 2003 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminology. Ruffner was a fulltime AH-64D Apache helicopter instructor pilot for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap. Ruffner was chosen as TACOPS Officer of the Year by the Quad-A (AAAA) in 2013 for his life-saving mission planning.
CW3 Ruffner was a great athlete, a talented musician, playing guitar, which he played by ear-in numerous bands. He will be most fondly remembered by his family and friends for his great humor and memorable practical jokes, his caring and sensitive nature, his strong convictions, and his great capacity to connect with others, from which he developed countless lifelong friendships.
Matt was survived by his parents Chuck and Diane Ruffner, who are so proud of their son’s accomplishments, his long-time girlfriend Jackeline Bignardi and their beloved Hector.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Matthew Paul Ruffner
18 Nov 1978
Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA
9 Apr 2013 (age 34)
Pachir Wa Agam District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Burnside, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, USA
Thank you CW3 Matt P. Ruffner for your service, dedication, and sacrifice!