Wade A Toothman, from Prue, Oklahoma, joined the US Marine Corps and graduated boot camp in March of 2007. After boot camp PFC Toothman was stationed in Hawaii. His first deployment was to Iraq, where he received a promotion to Lance Corporal. He was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding achievement in the performance of his duties while serving as weapons custodian, company G, 2D Battalion, 3D Marines, I Marine Expeditionary Force (forward), in support of operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Corporal Toothman performed his demanding and detail oriented duties by independently ensuring the total accountability as well as the maintenance readiness of the company’s ordnance equipment. As a Lance Corporal, he single handedly performed a job usually held by two non-commissioned officers and maintained more than three million dollars worth of equipment. Lance Corporal Toothman demonstrated unwavering devotion to the mission by quickly inducting malfunctioning equipment into the maintenance cycle and accurately tracking their progress until returned. He insured the safety of Marines and Sailors by supervising regular technical inspections of all weapon systems. Lance Corporal Toothman became familiar with the operations of heavy machine guns and high powered lasers to ensure that all assigned equipment was ready for the fight regardless of its complexity.
Lance Corporal Toothman’s outstanding motivation and dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps. His duties were not only weapons custodian; he also was involved in patrols and other missions.
After completing his tour in Iraq he was sent to Pack Mule School in California to ready him for his next deployment which would be to Afghanistan. His outstanding performance allowed him to graduate 2 days ahead of schedule do to the death of his father. While in training he was offered a position as an instructor after his tour to Afghanistan was completed.
Lance Corporal Toothman’s second deployment sent him to Nawzad (Now Zad), Helmand Province in Afghanistan. A wall of the compound the Marines were based in had "Welcome to Apocalypse Nawzad" painted on its side. Another wall read “Welcome to Hell,” left by previous soldiers. Now Zad is a very hot spot in Afghanistan. While stationed in Now Zad, Lance Corporal Toothman and his company were involved in the raid on Dahaneh. Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines backed by Harrier jets stormed a Taliban-held town in southern Afghanistan before dawn Wednesday, the launch of a new operation to uproot Taliban fighters. It was the first time NATO troops had entered Dahaneh, which has been under Taliban control for years. Marines say they captured several suspected insurgents in the push and seized about 66 pounds of opium. LnCpl Wade A Toothman was the Marine who found the opium in the raid.
Lance Corporal Toothman’s picture appeared in the September 21, 2009 issue of Newsweek. The picture shows him guarding a prisoner in the Dahaneh raid.
Wade is the son of CS3 Technology's own Louise Toothman.