Simmons, Shawn, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18Z5-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2007-2008, 18Z5, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
Service Years
1992 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces

Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Hope Mills, NC.

Casualty Date
Jun 28, 2008
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Unknown, Not Reported
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master ParachutistMilitary Freefall Jumpmaster
Honduras - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A)US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1997-1999, 18X, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
  1999-2005, 18C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  2003-2008, 18Z5, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A)
  2005-2007, 18Z5, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2007-2008, 18Z5, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



Died on June 29, 2008

Operation Enduring Freedom


Master Sgt. Shawn E. Simmons, 39, died as a result of a non-battle accident on June 28, near KhosrowE

Sofla, in the Arghandab District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, in support of combat operations while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2008 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force ? Afghanistan. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War on Terror and second deployment to Afghanistan.

Simmons, a native of Ashland, Mass., volunteered for military service and entered the Army in February 1992 as a power generation equipment repairer. In 1995 he was assigned to the 307 th Forward Maintenance Company at Fort Bragg, N.C. In May 1997 he began the Special Forces Qualification Course and he earned the coveted ?Green Beret? in 1999 and was assigned to 1 st Bn., 7 th

SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha engineer sergeant. He left 7 th SFG(A) in 2005 to become an instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He returned to 1 st Bn., 7 th SFG(A) in Dec. 2007.

Simmons? military education includes; the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic

Noncommissioned Officer Course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Ranger Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Military Freefall Parachutist Course, Basic Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Instructor Training Course and Special Forces Qualification Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (second award), two Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medial, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge Jumpmaster, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab.

Simmons is survived by his wife, Tricia, daughter, Erin and son, Justin, of Hope Mills, N.C.; and mother

Alberta Simmons, of Tallahassee, Fla.


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