Jason Lewis
Post Namesake KIA July 06, 2007 - Navy

Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Assault Team Leader for a highly sensitive Joint Task Force operation in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 6 July 2007. Petty Officer Lewis displayed heroic bravery in the face of the enemy. His team completed a direct action operation targeting high value individuals with follow-on tasking to recover an unattended sensor. After completing actions on the objective and as the convoy evacuated from the objective area, the task unit was ambushed while entering a channelized area. The convoy was then struck by an explosive device that pierced the high mobility multi-wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) cabin, sheared the .50 caliber machine gun barrel, and penetrated the troop compartment area where Petty Officer Lewis was located. Bravely exposing himself to enemy fire, Petty Officer Lewis was mortally wounded in a heroic attempt to provide additional security to his team. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Lewis reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.