VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – An explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan in an award ceremony held on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Monday.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Scott Weaver was cited for heroic actions while serving as the TRIDENT 2211B Explosive Ordnance Disposal team leader, Special Operations Task Force-Southeast on April 9, 2012.
During a combined reconnaissance patrol in the Arghandab River Valley, he and his patrol came under enemy fire from multiple locations. After his squad commander was wounded in the leg by a bullet, Weaver, with total disregard for his own safety, ran to his position to help.
He pulled his squad commander from the area and immediately began stabilizing medical treatment before transporting him to a safer location and then returned to his comrades to continue fighting.
“Looking out at all of you here today, I know any one of you wearing the badge would have done the exact same thing if you were in my shoes,” said Weaver.
Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, presented the medal to Weaver after recognizing him and his family for their dedication and service.
“Petty Officer Weaver’s heroic actions and composure under enemy fire exemplifies the ethos of the Navy EOD community as a warrior, professional Sailor, and guardian of life,” said Morneau. “I was extremely honored to present him this decoration on behalf of our Republic for his bravery in the face of grave danger.”
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in or with the military of the United States, distinguishes him or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
EODMU-12 provides operational explosive ordnance disposal capability for the location, identification, rendering safe, recovery, field evaluation and disposal of all explosive ordnance, including chemical and nuclear weapons.