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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Thomas stands at attention alongside Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Moran after being awarded the Silver Star Medal.
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CORONADO, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2017) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Thomas stands at attention alongside Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Bill Moran after being awarded the Silver Star Medal during an awards ceremony for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. While conducting combined clearance operations, Thomas' element became engaged in a 10-hour firefight with forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, during which he continuously maneuvered through heavy small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar fire in order to engage the enemy and clear paths for his teammates. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza/Released)

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