FORT BRAGG N.C. -- Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to two USASOC Soldiers in a ceremony at John F. Kennedy Auditorium, Fort Bragg, April 24, 2019.

Previously, the Soldiers received a Silver Star, which was recently upgraded to the DSC. The DSC is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.

After thanking the families and units, Beaudette reminded audience members of the Soldiers' sacrifice.

"As we award this Distinguished Service Cross, let us remember all those who have gone before us to forge the Special Operations legacy for this nation at great cost," Beaudette said. "In fact, 49 years ago 56 Special Operators sat in this very room listening to a briefing about a dangerous mission (The Son Tay Raid).

Our Soldiers honored today, "Demonstrated the same fearless courage in the unbending, unwavering character that will inspire others for the next half of century, to come down here and sign up to protect the nation without fail, without fear and without equal."

Due to the sensitive nature of Special Operations activities, the names of our Soldiers are withheld to further enhance their safety and security.

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For more information contact the Director of Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Office: (910) 432-3383 BB: (910) 494-1589

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