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Explosive Ordnance Disposal
When emergency-deployed to RC North, Afghanistan, he quickly analyzed mission requirements and distributed 15,ooo lbs of explosive material to five Forward Operating Bases, increasing EOD response capabilities and eliminating response delays.
AN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN, HE SUPERVISED THE DISPOSAL OF APPROXIMATELY 10,000 POUNDS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE.
His leadership, experience and technical acumen were essential to the operational success and training readiness of Detachment Earle. He led his team during 33 emergent EOD responses and 30 high-risk dive operations in support of Commander, Navy Region Mid-atlantic and the U.S. Secret Service.
PO1 Thompson was crucial to the success of the unit's role in the explosives and explosives effects courses, where he supervised the disposal of over 500 explosive charges and trained 790 personnel from 88 different law enforcement agencies.
LED HIGH-RISK TRAINING FOR UNDERWATER ORDNANCE AND MINE COUNTERMEASURES MISSION AREAS.
AS LEAD INSTRUCTOR, HE DISPLAYED UNWAVERING DEDICATION, INITIATIVE, AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF OVER 1,000 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION FOR 200 STUDENTS FROM 30 PLATOONS.
HE DEVELOPED, TESTED, AND CERTIFIED A JOINT TRAINING CURRICULUM, AND IDENTIFIED MISSION-CRITICAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO FIGHT THE WAR ON TERROR.
As Master EOD technician of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight, he served as the detachmentís Arms, Ammunition and Explosives custodian improving the detachmentís exemplary state of operational readiness.
Provided invaluable planning and coordination to Naval Station Rota Emergency Management, Anti-terrorism, and Force Protection assets in preparation for four major inspections.
His partnership efforts with coalition forces at Camp Northern Lights increased IED intelligence and led to the creation of IED Defeat TTPs that were adopted nation-wide.
As a result of his close coordination in the planning and execution of six bilateral U.S./Spanish exercises, he improved international relations.
Navy Diver (ND)
Qualified as Navy Reserve Deep Submergence Unitís Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) systems operator, a watchstation normally performed by senior first class petty officers.
In his capacity as Acting Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) LCPO, he coordinated with civilian personnel to maintain qualifications and certifications of a NAVSEA certified Diving System.
Member of the Navy Diver Team to participate in the testing and development of the MK-16 Re-breather Modernization protocol conducted at Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU).
Completed 24 MK-16 test pool dives and 18 protocol profile decompression dives in the Ocean Simulation Facility (OSF) to complete certification and ensure the delivery of significant life support equipment improvements required for the specialized war-fighterís continued mission success in the Global War on Terrorism.
SUPERVISED 50 DIVING OPERATIONS IN TRAINING AND OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS, INCLUDING HEIGHTENED THREAT CONDITIONS AND INCLEMENT WEATHER WITH A 100% SUCCESS AND SAFTEY RATING. HE TRAINED AND LED NAVY PERSONNEL IN DIVING OPERATIONS, LAND NAVIGATION, MARINE MAMMAL SYSTEMS, AND EOD OPERATIONS. TWICE DEPLOYED IN SUPPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
He mentored and trained multiple Diver Candidates with the successful addition of two 2nd Class Divers to support the Submarine Rescue mission.
LEADING PETTY OFFICER FOR RIB DETACHMENT FOXTROT IN SUPPORT OF TASK FORCE DEDICATED AS THE QUICK REACTION FORCE FOR NATIONAL LEVEL MISSION RESPONSIBLE FOR MISSION AND SAFETY OF BOATS AND CREW. BOAT CREW LEADER. SUPERVISED 60 HOURS OF UNDERWAY WITH HOST NATION BOATS. 80 HOURS OF UNDERWAY IN SUPPORT OF USS GUNSTON HALL INTEROPERABILITY TRAINING. DIRECTLY OVERSAW 4200 RDS OF 7.62MM, 1500 RDS 5.56MM AND 16000 RDS OF 9MM EXPENDED. LEAD AND INSTRUCTED COURSES IN NAVIGATION, MEDICAL, BOAT HANDLING, VBSS, PRISONER HANDLING, MISSION PLANNING AND SMALL ARMS. TAUGHT AND SUPERVISED 42 HOST NATION PERSONNEL.
AS A 2/2+ SPANISH LINGUIST HE PARTICIAPTED IN THE TRAINING OF 35 PERUVIAN SPECIAL OPERATION PERSONNEL IN 100+ HOURS OF CLASSROOM TRAINING AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF RIVERINE TACTICS, TECHNIQUES AND PROCEDURES. HIS RENOWNED TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL ABILITY LED TO HIS SELECTION AS LEADER OF A SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT EXCHANGE (SMEE) MISSION TO PUCALLPA, PERU.
SERVED AS HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND FORWARD YEMEN AND AS LCPO MOBILE COMMUNICATION TEAM ONEíS SEAL TEAM SEVEN DETACHMENT. TO FACILITATE AN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OF STATE (DoS) ORDERED DEPARTURE, HE PLANNED AND EXECUTED THE SYNCHRONIZED OPERATION OF TWO JOINT OPERATIONS CENTERS, CREATING A CRITICAL COMMAND AND CONTROL HUB THAT PROVIDED OPERATIONAL OVERSIGHT AND DECONFLICTION BETWEEN THE ROYAL YEMENI GOVERNMENT AND THE U.S. EMBASSY.
Qualified Expert. One of nine Sailors qualified as Duty Armorer. Responsible for over 380 weapons, over 7600 ammunitions, over $470,000 worth of equipment and uploading/downloading personnel to sustain continuous operational readiness. Level IV Watch Commander.