SSgt. Andrew C. Seif
Died: 10 MAR 2015
Seven Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operation Command died when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crashed near Eglin, Florida, March 10, 2015.
Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif served as an element member for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Sergeant Seif was born in Fairbanks, Ala. and was raised in Albuquerque, N.M., up until middle school when his family moved to Holland, Mich. Following high school, Sergeant Seif enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 2006. After boot camp, he went on to combat engineer school and received the military occupational specialty of 1371.
In February 2007, then PFC Seif received orders to his first duty station, Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion. In February 2008, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from Iraq, Cpl. Seif requested orders to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion and reported to 29 Palms during February 2009.
In August of 2009 Cpl. Seif attended Assessment and Selection and was selected upon completion. In Oct 2009 Corporal Seif executed orders to Marine Special Operations School and in Sept 2010 Sergeant Seif graduated with Individual Training Course class 2-10.
In Sept of 2010 Sgt. Seif received orders to 2D Marine Special Operation Battalion, Hotel Company where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an element member. Upon returning from deployment Sgt. Seif was made an element leader of his team.
Sergeant Seif’s decorations include the Silver Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy And Marine Corps Gold Parachutist Jump Wings, and the Good Conduct medal in lieu of the second award.