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CHIPS Articles: SECNAV Presents High-Level Awards to Naval Special Warfare Commands

SECNAV Presents High-Level Awards to Naval Special Warfare Commands
By Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs - January 17, 2017
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Jan. 13, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented eight Navy Crosses and eight Silver Stars to active-duty and former members of East and West Coast Naval Special Warfare Commands at a ceremony in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One Navy Cross and one Silver Star were presented posthumously.

"Today we honor some of our nation's finest heroes, not just for their individual acts of courage and bravery in the face of danger, but for the everyday selflessness that they and their peers demonstrate," said Mabus. "This generation of Sailors, and particularly those serving as part of our Naval Special Warfare team, is an extraordinary group of men and women who have given so much to our country. Although today we recognize these individuals for their heroism and valor in combat, we are also honoring the Sailors and Marines who fought beside them and those who are still in the fight."

These awards were upgrades to previously awarded medals for valor in combat and upgraded as a result of the Department of the Navy's Post 9/11 Valor Awards Review Panel. This panel reviewed award nominations from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure members were appropriately recognized for acts of valor.

The Department of the Navy reviewed more than 300 valor awards and the review was completed Nov. 15.

The Navy Cross, the U.S. Navy's second highest decoration, is awarded for extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. The act must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk.

The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations with a friendly force. It is the fourth highest military honor that can be awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and the third highest award for valor.

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016) The Silver Star medal is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States armed forces. U.S. Air Force graphic/Released
WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016) The Silver Star medal is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States armed forces. U.S. Air Force graphic/Released

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, middle right, poses for a photo with four Marines and one Sailor following an awards ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The four Marines and one Sailor included, from left to right, Staff Sgt. Michael Mendoza, who received a Navy Cross; and Master Sgt. Steven Davis; HM1 Michael Atkinson; Sgt. Nicholas Brandau; and Sgt. Edward Huth, who were each awarded a Silver Star for their actions.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jered T. Stone
The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, middle right, poses for a photo with four Marines and one Sailor following an awards ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The four Marines and one Sailor included, from left to right, Staff Sgt. Michael Mendoza, who received a Navy Cross; and Master Sgt. Steven Davis; HM1 Michael Atkinson; Sgt. Nicholas Brandau; and Sgt. Edward Huth, who were each awarded a Silver Star for their actions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jered T. Stone
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