THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SILVER STAR MEDAL
EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN FIRST CLASS
UNITED STATES NAVY
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician First Class Jeffrey Thomas, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on 20 and 21 October 2016, while serving with Special Operations Task Force-North in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. While conducting combined clearance operations, Petty Officer Thomas’ element became engaged in a 10-hour firefight with forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Throughout the battle he continuously maneuvered through heavy small arms, rocket-propelled grenade, and mortar fire in order to engage the enemy and clear paths for this teammates. After the element was ordered to break contact, the lead vehicle in the convoy struck one of seven daisy-chained improvised explosive devices, severely wounding a teammate. Despite enemy mortar and small arms fire impacting near him, Petty Officer Thomas exited his vehicle and swept the vicinity for additional explosive devices. This enabled medics to maneuver to the damaged vehicle and provide critical combat care to the casualty. Petty Officer Thomas then guided the remaining vehicles out of the minefield, ensuring all forces safely reached the medical evacuation landing zone. By his bold actions, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Petty Officer Thomas reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.