|SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9, 2007 — Chief Petty Officer James R. Theriault, of Colville, Wash., recieved the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in a ceremony held at Afloat Training Group, Pacific, on Feb 5.
The Bronze Star medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in or with the military of the United States, distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre, Commander, Naval Surface Forces presented the medal.
“Chief Theriault is just an example of all the men and women currently serving in our Navy today and their willingness to go and do things that are out of the ordinary,” stated Etnyre in his speech.
Theriault received the medal while serving with the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, Multi-National Corps as the air operations officer from April 27 to Dec. 15, 2006.