2010-04-16 / Community

Local Captain Returns To Base

Army Capt. Matthew J. Cahill has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.

The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and management of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.

While deployed in Afghanistan, he was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal. Cahill, a battalion fire support officer, is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is the son of Lawrence E. and Joy N. Cahill of Bridge Lane, Newburyport, Mass. His wife, Nicole, is the daughter of Allen Hinkley, and Jo Hinkley, both of Roxbury. The captain graduated in 2001 from Newburyport High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005 from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.

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