Michael D. Thomas

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Staff Sgt. Michael D. Thomas

Special Forces Weapons Sergeant

1st Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

KIA 27 April 2007 when his unit made contact with enemy fighters while conducting a combat patrol south of Shindand, Shindand District, Herat Province, Afghanistan.

Age 34 a native from Seffner, Florida

He is survived by his wife Teresa, son Craig, daughter Diana and granddaughter Alexis. His mother Debbie Kirkpatrick and stepfather Bob Kirkpatrick of Thonotosassa, Fla. also survive him.

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Awards and Decorations

Army Commendation Medal

Army Achievement Medal

Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

NCO Professional Development Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge

Special Forces Tab. 

An Army Special Forces Soldier stationed here was killed in action 

Staff Sgt. Michael D. Thomas, 34, a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), died from wounds sustained during the firefight 27 April 2007 when his unit made contact with enemy fighters while conducting a combat patrol south of Shindand, Shindand District, Herat Province, Afghanistan.

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Mar. 2007.

A native of Seffner, Fla., Thomas enlisted in the Army Jan. 22, 1991 as a military police officer. After completing advanced individual training at Fort McClellan, Ala., he was assigned to Camp Casey, Korea. During the next 13 years, he served in positions of increasing responsibility within the Military Police Corps, eventually becoming a squad leader. In 2004, Thomas volunteered for Special Forces training and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006, he was assigned to 7th SFG (A) as a Special Forces weapons sergeant. 


**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

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