On 3 October 2009, Sergeant (SGT) Thomas C Rasmussen, from Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, earned the Silver Star during a complex attack by an enemy force estimated at 400 fighters. When the initial attack started, SGT Rasmussen volunteered to assault the ammunition supply point and establish a stronghold. He was a critical member of the assault team that pushed to the LRAS 2 battle position and recovered two American Heroes while being knocked down by RPG blasts several times. SGT Rasmussen then volunteered and took point man for the assault team that cleared the ASG's living quarters. At one point, he was met by a wall of fire from an enemy fighter that had successfully breached the COP's perimeter, but SGT Rasmussen took him out with hand grenades and continued to engage multiple enemy fighters with his M4 and M203. SGT Rasmussen then returned to the ECP to improve a defensive position while laying out concertina wire and claymore mines to hold and defend this position.
I'm passionate about my volunteer work and support of deployed military personnel. I don't believe you can be for our military and against their missions. Of the thousands of military personnel I've been honored to support over the past years 99.9% of them don't believe you can support them but not their missions either.
I have the great honor to know and support Wounded Warriors - an honor that continues to change my life for the better every day.
I am an American. I am not a member of any political party. Don't put me in a box like that.