Volunteering for a year-long tour in Iraq in July 2005, Lt. Cmdr. Baylosis led a team of electronic engineers and technicians that analyzed 5,500 improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Baylosis personally handled more than 1,000 roadside bomb detonators and provided critical countermeasures.
His team studied the electronic circuiting of the enemy's homemade bombs and how they were rigged to explode when Coalition and Iraqi troops were nearby. Baylosis, a leading expert of IED initiators, also developed and examined more than 136 bomb-maker profiles.
For his critical work on IEDs that likely saved numerous Coalition lives, Baylosis was awarded the Bronze Star in August 2006.