Veteran and Lander native, CW4 Matt Hastings, retires with honors

Veteran and Lander native, Matt Hastings, served in the military for twenty years, and was recently honored with a special retirement ceremony in Laramie. Matt, son of Larry Hastings who managed the Lander airport for many years, was always fascinated by airplanes and began flying at the age of 23. He earned a commercial license in 1994, and went on to serve as pilot in the military. [image: 0-3.jpg] As a Black Hawk pilot for twenty years, Matt's assignments included South Korea (17th Aviation Brigade), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky (101st Airborne Division), Hanau Germany (1st Armored Division), Ft. Riley, Kansas (1st Infantry Division). He also served three Combat tours in Iraq, totaling 42 months. His positions included Company Level Standardization Instructor Pilot, Battalion Standardization Instructor Pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer of the Battalion. He has 1,590 hours of combat flight hours. Matt earned many awards during his military service including six Air Medals, Air Medal with Valor, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 6 stars, Master Army Aviator Wings, Combat Action Badge. "My Army career allowed me to travel the world with my family and witness other cultures and ways to live," Matt said. "It has broadened our minds as well as proven to us that the United States is the greatest nation in existence. The full support of my family, my extended family and the countless friends that have become family, is the only reason I was able to focus on my difficult mission." We're proud of you Matt, and we thank you for your service to our country. [image: 0-5.jpg] [image: 0-4.jpg] *Photos: Matt Hastings' retirement ceremony, h/t Margie Hastings* #county10