2023 // Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

SOCS (SEAL) Jacob E. Newbold
Jake Newbold

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Senior Enlisted Advisor for District Stability Platform Muhammed Agha, Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 8 June 2014.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Newbold distinguished himself through heroic action and decisive leadership during a raid into Burg Village.  He led his element to secure a command and control position on an exposed ridgeline to effectively command the combined operation.  He repeatedly dismounted from his armored vehicle under heavy enemy fire in order to communicate critical information with the Afghan Ground Force Commander.  In order to allow a partner force element pinned by insurgent machinegun fire to maneuver, he led an element within 20 meters of an enemy machinegun nest.  As his vehicle’s heavy weapon jammed, he dismounted the vehicle and engaged an insurgent with a hand grenade as the insurgent prepared to fire a Rocket Propelled Grenade at the vehicle.  Senior Chief Newbold’s grenade badly wounded the insurgent and caused the RPG to narrowly miss his vehicle.  By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Senior Chief Newbold reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.