On July 24, 2020, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron, along with their friends and family, joined together for a special awards ceremony.

The squadron’s most recent deployment was in 2019. It involved members deploying to three different locations and fighting against six different extremist organizations. Due to the actions of the squadron’s members, 90 awards were presented at the ceremony.

According to a comprehensive article, written by DVIDS, the Ceremony Speaker and former 21st Special Tactics Squadron commanding officer, Lt. Col. Randall Harvey, said in his speech:

“The majority of you would rather receive a decoration in your team room, your office or at home maybe, and not in public, but it’s important. It’s important for you because you need to understand that we know what you do and what you sacrifice. It’s important for your families because they need to know your stories. It’s important for Americans out there to know what other Americans are doing on their behalf. Finally, it’s important for those who have come before us and those who are no longer with us. We owe it to them to be here and be standing strong.”