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Old 20 August 2010, 13:35
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KIA: CPO Collin Thomas

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced Aug. 20 the death of a Sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Collin Thomas, 33, of Morehead, Ky., died Aug. 18 during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan. Thomas was assigned to an East coast-based SEAL team.



We put Chief Thomas on a C-17 headed home tonight, accompanied by two Rangers who were also KIA in the operation.

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Old 20 August 2010, 13:59
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Old 20 August 2010, 14:06
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http://hamptonroads.com/2010/08/deco...anistan?cid=mr

A highly decorated Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach died Wednesday from injuries sustained in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, the Navy said Friday.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was shot while deployed with a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. As is customary in operations involving the elite commando units, the Navy released no other details about the circumstances of his death.
A native of Morehead, Ky., Thomas was a 13-year Navy veteran who had been awarded a Purple Heart medal, two Bronze Stars and a host of personal, unit and campaign decorations.
He graduated from Rowan County (Ky.) High School, attended Morehead State University and enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 20, 1997.
Since February 2000, he had been assigned to various East Coast-based SEAL teams and was involved in numerous combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy said.
“Collin Thomas was a brave American patriot and an incredibly gifted Navy SEAL,” a senior officer in his command was quoted as saying in the Navy statement. “His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and humble demeanor made him a role model for all who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss of a brother in arms.”
Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, called Thomas’ death an “incredible loss.”
“Collin’s teammates will remain resolved in their fight against terrorist elements in Afghanistan, because they know that’s what Collin would have wanted,” Abrahamson said.
Thomas is survived by his parents, Clayton and Paula Thomas of Hertford, N.C., his sister, Meghan Edwards of Morehead, and his fiancée, Sarah Saunders of Virginia Beach.
A private memorial service will be held next week at the Little Creek base.
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Old 20 August 2010, 15:43
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Old 20 August 2010, 15:45
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Heard about this the other night, just didnt want to post it untill it was official. There were also a couple APU guys that our team trained lost that night. The Rangers and SEALs are part of the Task Force here, training the APU guys.

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Old 20 August 2010, 16:58
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We put Chief Thomas on a C-17 headed home tonight, accompanied by two Rangers who were also KIA in the operation.
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Old 20 August 2010, 17:09
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RIP Warriors...Chief Thomas and Rangers.. May the Lord bless your families and give them comfort in this time of crushing loss.

God Bless..

I posted my condolences on HamptonRoads.com as well..
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From the Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced Aug. 20 the death of a Sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Collin Thomas, 33, of Morehead, Ky., died Aug. 18 during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan. Thomas was assigned to an East coast-based SEAL team.



We put Chief Thomas on a C-17 headed home tonight, accompanied by two Rangers who were also KIA in the operation.

Godspeed Brother. RIP.
RIP Warriors.

And you stay safe Sharky.
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