Maholic, Thomas Donald, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18Z-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-2006, 18Z, C Company (ODB 760), 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
Service Years
1986 - 2006

Special Forces
Master Sergeant

Six Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Jun 24, 2006
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60 Site 9193

 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2006, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Expert Field Medical
Master ParachutistAir Assault BadgeSpecial Operations Supervising Diver
Special Forces
Korea - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
28th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat TeamUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1986-1991, 11B10, 28th Infantry Division
  1991-1993, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team
  1993-1995, 18D, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1995-2003, 18D, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  2003-2005, 18D, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2005-2006, 18Z, C Company (ODB 760), 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2006 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
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Last Known Activity

Master Sgt. Thomas D. Maholic, 38, a Special Forces team sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), died June 24 in the Kandahar Province, near Ghecko, Afghanistan when he was fatally struck by enemy small arms fire during a cordon and search mission.

Maholic, a native of Bradford, Pa., enlisted as an infantryman in 1991. His first assignment was with the Pennsylvania National Guard where he was an infantryman for five years. In July of 1991, he transitioned to active duty and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Battalion at Fort Kobbe, Panama where he served for two years. In 1993, he volunteered to become a Special Forces Soldier.

Maholic graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1995 and was assigned 1st Bn., 7th SFG, as a Special Forces medical sergeant. In 2003, after serving more than seven years in 7th SFG, he was assigned to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as an Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course instructor. In April 2005, Maholic was assigned to 2nd Bn., 7th SFG and served there as an Operational Detachment – Alpha team sergeant until his death.

His military education also includes the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Combat Diver Qualification Course, Combat Diver Supervisor Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Air Assault Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, Basic and Advanced Airborne Courses, Spanish Language Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course and both the winter and summer mountain warfare schools.

Maholic’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Field Medical Badge, Special Operations Dive Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, Bronze Star Medal for service, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy, and son, Andrew of Ft. Bragg, N.C. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy Maholic of Bradford, sister, Ann Davis of Bradford, brothers David of Cleveland, Ohio, John and Michael of Bradford, and Robert of Bellefonte, Pa.


Special Forces soldiers recognized for battle

Staff report
Posted : Friday Nov 16, 2007 17:31:02 EST

Gallantry in combat during a 17-hour battle in Afghanistan that took place 17 months ago was recognized Thursday during a ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Three soldiers from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were awarded Silver Star medals, and three others were awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device.

The gunfight took place June 23 through 24, 2006, during Operation Kaika. The operation was aimed at capturing or killing Taliban leaders in the Panjawi district in southern Afghanistan.

The mission turned into a prolonged firefight against 200 enemies. An estimated 125 Taliban were killed, according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command press release.

“The events that took place are what history is made of and what you would see on television,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Csrnko, commander of U.S. Army Special Forces Command, said in the release. “Regardless of this, each one of these men would simply say that they were doing their job and taking care of their fellow teammates.”

One of the Green Berets recognized for his actions in combat was Master Sgt. Thomas D. Maholic, who was killed during the fight and received his Silver Star posthumously.

Maholic’s widow, Wendy, and their son, Andrew, accepted the award on his behalf.

The other two Silver Stars were presented to Capt. Sheffield Ford, III, and retired Staff Sgt. Matthew Binney.

Sgt. 1st Class Ebbon E. Brown, a military intelligence noncommissioned officer assigned to the Special Forces Team, Staff Sgt. Charles Lyles, and Staff Sgt. Michael Sanabria, all received Bronze Stars with “V” device.

Operational Detachment Alpha 765 and supporting elements fought alongside 48 Afghan national army soldiers in heavy battle that claimed the lives of two American soldiers, three interpreters, and the insurgent fighters, including two enemy field commanders, the release said.

“Each team member played an integral part in the success of our mission and our very survival,” Ford told the audience. “There were times when we were surrounded on all four sides, but we never gave up and we never backed down. These men that fought alongside me are the ones that really deserve recognition today.”

The 15 U.S. service members that participated in Operation Kaika received four Silver Star Medals, seven Bronze Star Medals with “V” Device, three Army Commendation Medals with “V” Device and three Purple Hearts.

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