Stephen (Turbo) Toboz
Stephen "Turbo" Toboz was born on April 24,1969 in Lock Haven, PA. He graduated from Lock Haven High School in the class of 1987. He joined the United States Navy in January of 1991 after three years of college. After graduating Electronic Technician' A' School in Great Lakes, IL, he attended BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL) and graduated with Class 185 on December 18, 1992. After BUD/S training, Petty Officer Toboz was assigned to SEAL Team Eight. His following tours consisted of Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Detachment Little Creek Reconnaissance Division. His expertise includes sniping, Close Quarters Battle, breaching, skydiving, and combat diving. PO Toboz has deployed to all parts of the world to include combat action in Bosnia and Afghanistan. In March of 2002, during Operation Anaconda, PO Toboz served as a member of a special operations unit conducting combat operations against enemy forces in hostile territory. During this operation to constrict the enemy, PO Toboz was a member of a six-man team that flew back into an enemy stronghold atop a 12,000-foot mountain to rescue a captured teammate. Caught
in automatic weapons crossfire upon insertion, Turbo immediately maneuvered against an enemy machine gun position engaging combatants until ordered to break contact by his team leader. While withdrawing, he was hit by automatic weapons fire which shattered his lower leg, ultimately resulting in amputation later. Non-ambulatory and nearly hypothermic, he pushed through exhaustion and intense pain to maneuver over one kilometer through icy and precipitous terrain, refusing morphine to preserve his security posture. His tactical expertise and courageous efforts significantly diminished the enemy fighters atop the mountain and contributed to their eventual defeat. His military awards include Silver Star for valor during Operation Anaconda on March 2002, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation with valor for operations in Bosnia, two Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Citation, and Meritorious Unit Citation, among many others. His personal awards include the Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North Defender of Freedom Award in 2004, 2018 winner of the NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association) Carlos Hathcock Award for Sniping, 18 medals (nine gold) at the Department of Defense Warrior Games for Team SOCOM from 2014-16 and 2019, Warrior of the Day of the Stephen Sillers New York City Tunnel to Towers SK run, Lock Haven, PA Hometown Heroes Award, and the PT Island B ridge carrying State Route 1002 over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Castanea Township, Clinton County was named after Stephen "Turbo" Toboz Jr. in 2021, Toboz was entered into the 2022 1st Annual Pennsylvania Keystone Central School District Hall of Fame. Steve has memberships and affiliations with the Operation 1 Voice Organization, Morten Andersen Family Foundation-Special Teams for Special Operations, Semper Fi Foundation, Operation Rebound, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, USA Cycling, USA Shooting, NRA Lifetime member, Virginia for Veterans Foundation, Ernie Els for Autism Foundation, and Dallas Safari Club
(DSC) member. Finally, Mr. Toboz is one of 11 Bob Parson's squad members for his PXG for Heroess program to support former and current military and first
responders with the world's finest golf equipment and gear. Mr. Stephen “Turbo” Toboz Jr. is now serving as an advanced sniper training manager for special operations. Toboz currently resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Linda Sanchez, and child Bianca Grace.
Medal of Courage
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