IMAGE: Army Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas. Photo credit: US Army.
OCT 6—The Department of Defense announced Wednesday, Oct. 5 that Army Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, died Tuesday in Afghanistan from injuries caused by an explosive device. Thomas’ home of record is Takoma Park, MD. Since February, 2016, he was stationed at Fort Carson, CO.
Thomas, a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was acting in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, targeting the Islamic State group, said the DoD, as reported in the Military Times.
Thomas was on foot patrol when his group triggered an improvised explosive device, said Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook Tuesday. The death is the seventh this year for a U.S. service member in Afghanistan.
It was Thomas’ second tour of duty in Afghanistan, which started last June. His previous tour was from May, 2011 to February, 2012. He also served in Iraq December, 2008 to November, 2009. He joined the Army in April, 2008, serving eight year, six months.
“The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) wishes to express deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends who have been tragically touched by the loss of Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas. Staff Sgt. Thomas epitomized what it is to be a professional Green Beret and Soldier. His loss from our organization and his memory will not be forgotten.” said Col. Isaac Peltier, 10th SFG (A) Commander.
Staff Sgt. Thomas was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Ribbons, two NATO Medals, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Basic Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Parachute Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Carbine.