Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Matthew O'Connor, a member of EOD Mobile Unit 11, received the Silver Star last Thursday for repeatedly braving enemy fire in an area filled with IEDs to save his teammates. The ceremony was held at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, where Vice Adm. Scott Conn, commander of Third Fleet, presented O'Connor with the award.
＇With utter disregard for his own safety, Chief O'Connor advanced forward, carried his wounded teammate to cover, and then rendered lifesaving medical treatment while coordinating suppressive fire. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage and total dedication to duty, Chief O'Connor reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service,＇ the citation states.
Weapons and munitions.
Improvised explosive devices.
The team was tasked with checking into a facility where terrorists were known to be producing IEDs.